Bush: Lying To God And Man
Bush: Lying To God And Man
...or at least that's how one would have to take this:
Pat Robertson, an ardent Bush supporter, said he had that conversation with the president in Nashville, Tennessee, before the March 2003 invasion. He described Bush in the meeting as "the most self-assured man I've ever met in my life.""You remember Mark Twain said, 'He looks like a contented Christian with four aces.' I mean he was just sitting there like, 'I'm on top of the world,' " Robertson said on the CNN show, "Paula Zahn Now.""And I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, 'Mr. President, you had better prepare the American people for casualties.' "Robertson said the president then told him, "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties."
While this isn't surprising, it is revealing. At the very least, as Andrew Sullivan has pointed out, this means that either Bush really is that stupid and drunken with hubris(and isn't it interesting that the more horrifying for the rest of us, the more cheerful Bush gets? Particularly when people are dying or will die...), or that he was willing to lie to an important supporter, implying that he thinks the Religious Right is his bitch, that they will swallow whatever he spews and ask for more. Which is, of course, so.
But there's something more interesting implied. Given Bush's fundamentalist beliefs, one could suppose he believes Robertson is a man of God and speaks for and to God, wouldn't this tell us that Bush believed he could even lie to the Almighty? Which would probably lead us back to choice A.
The White House has denied the statement and even hinted that Pat Robertson is lying, while Robertson stands behind his statement, while also claiming to be standing behind Bush.
But given the simmering of a conservative revolt against Bush, and given that usually all parts of the GOP are united, on-message, and on the same attack, the fact that Robertson even told Paula Zahn that, knowing how quickly the information would disseminate, tells me that perhaps something similar to Buchanan's mini-insurrection against Bush the First, or Robertson's own challenge to the same Bush in 1988, is taking place. The moderate Republicans are already quite soft on Bush and may stay home on Nov. 2. But other Republicans might be thinking past Bush already and may sit this one out too, and Robertson's dissent could be a signal of that.
There may be a split going on in the right wing of the GOP. The money conservatives--the type represented by Cheney or DeLay--are the only ones that might benefit from a second Bush term, because they are only interested in profit, and whether from further tax cuts or further war, Bush will be good for them. This group latches onto the Christian Coalition mainly because that actually represents a significant portion of people, while greedheads are, thankfully, fewer. In the end they only care about how much money they have. To that end, the party is just a car they'll ride till it burns out. Many of those would rather there were no government at all.
But the party's social policies, and ability to implement them, will end up in tatters with the party, which will end up being destroyed by 2006 over Iraq if it remains in power. The Christian Right actually believes in government, even big government, if that government benefits them. If they remain in power, whatever is left of their credibility will be tied to Bush, and Bush will do further damage to it accordingly. And then the things the Christian right wants will have no chance whatsoever. Whereas if they lose this one, they still might be able to operate through Congress, keeping their hopes of abortion bans and the Ten Commandments tattooed on the inside of our eyelids alive. Best of all, responsibility for Bush's messes becomes Kerry's, because it's up to him to fix it.
They may see the writing on the wall(and who better than a Christian?) and refuse to go down with the ship. I think they're separating from Bush and I think Bush may be very surprised on election day.
For which record turnouts are expected, incidentally. Happy voting.
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