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May 21, 2003

Whiskey Bar has uncovered recent White House email. [03:38 PM]
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Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 04:50 PM:

Nicely fleshed out version of that joke.

Seriously, though, with Christie Whitman's resignation, I begin to suspect a purge.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 05:30 PM:

A purge, or (wishful thinking here) people bailing before the excrement impinges on the rotary air displacement facility?

I'd heard that Whitman has been unhappy for some time, and was seeking another position in the cabinet.

If she wanted to, if she had the courage, if she thought that the moderate wing of the GOP could use some help getting non-ideological-nutjobs nominated, she could probably tell some real hair-raising stories.

William Blaze ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 07:40 PM:

DailyKos has some details on the purge.

"As Bush gears up his re-election campaign, the White House has advised that if senior staff and Cabinet members are thinking of leaving the administration, this is the time to resign; otherwise, they will be expected to remain aboard until after the 2004 election if Bush wins a second term."

Pretty smart in a way, but risky. Looks like the small world of Bush is getting smaller. In other words he's tightening his blinders and focusing on the goal. Or more likely Rove is tightening the blinders. How the hell they think they can win with a decimated economy and a bunch of rookies is beyond me though...

Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2003, 08:43 PM:

They're going to cheat, of course.

How many states have installed electronic voting machines which do not keep copies of ballots on some fixed media? All of them will go for Bush.

How many states have programs in place to carefully disenfranchise probable Democrat voters?

How likely is it that any Bush opponent will have their positions accurately reported on television? (close to zero, right?)

If both Iraq and the economy blow up spectacularly badly, it's possible that the remnant of the former Republican party might act to prevent Shrub's nomination, but that strikes me as an unlikely response.

Rove, Cheney, and Rumsfield are totally indifferent to American institutions, democracy, or any such thing; they're autocrats from a particularly absolutist mold combining nasty fundamentalist protestantism and crony corporatism. They don't think they need to actually win an election to legitimately hold power.