By PAUL C. CAMPOS
Of all the phony political images that have bombarded us in the five years since al Qaeda terrorists struck the United States, the phoniest of all remains the sight of George W. Bush donning a fighter pilot’s uniform and landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier to proclaim "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq.
The point of that little stunt was to send the visual message that Bush was the strong leader that America needed to triumph in a war against our enemies. As a piece of propaganda, it was fabulously successful. If the goal of propaganda is to make black seem white, then the fact the Bush administration still emphasizes this message is a tribute to the administration’s ongoing triumph in its propagandistic war against reality.
By MARGARET TALEV
The Republican-led House of Representatives will vote this week on two measures that could help reveal who’s behind billions of dollars in pork-barrel spending each year.
That could help Republicans appeal to fiscally conservative voters who are frustrated by Congress’s runaway spending and threatening to stay home from the polls in November.
By MARTIN SCHRAM
In the category of how Washington really works — and often doesn’t — it is important to note just how often the smartest and most experienced players and observers seem to lose sight of how and why things really happen in the capital city.