Putting Bush on the Couch
You can't resist. Two responses:
The three postings abut Bush, The President, the Predicament, the Bush Conundrum and Conundrum II are probably some of the best descriptions of this jackass that have been written yet.
The simple fact is that he is very much in over his head, which is a kinder way of saying that he is simply not too bright. It does not take a psychoanalyist to figure this out. All you have to do is look at the picture of him sitting in a schoolroom for 6, 7, 8 minutes after being told that the Trade Center had been attacked and he simply sits there, not reacting with a dumb expression on his face like a deer caught in the headlights. Same thing for the Katrina briefing where he sat in a video conference never making one remark or asking one question. My final example is the fact that after the Trade Center was hit, it took him three days to get his sorry ass to New York. By contrast, when the London subway system was bombed, Tony Blair left Scotland to return to London that very same morning. Now THAT is leadership, something that is very lacking in Bush.
I wish that I could share your enthusiasm for McCain, but I am afraid that he is too much of a loose cannon, bordering on being a nut case for me.
The couch bites back. Then there's this twelve-step insight:
Christopher Hitchens wrote an article in Vanity Fair in 2004 wherein it was posited that W's problems stem from being a dry drunk. As someone properly brainwashed by 12-step group thinking, I've come to believe this is the case. So many of Bush’s thought processes seem to be those of the alcoholic he's acknowledged himself to be: inability to accept criticism, colossal ego, 'my way or the highway' thinking and decision making.
It's a common thought in recovery circles that trying to 'tough out' sobriety on one's own can be even more difficult than being a drunk, as one is exceedingly irritable and has all the insecurity baggage that comes with alcoholism without the release of tension that comes with the drink. Surround this kind of thinker with yes men and sycophants and just watch the fireworks.
Moderate drinking and moderate politics. Maybe the president is incapable of both.