The other day a Democratic congressman accused President Bush of being amused by the death of U.S. troops. One right-wing talk-show host suggested women should never have been allowed to vote. Another condemned as phony soldiers Iraq war veterans who are critical of it. Exposure to the vitriol of American politics these days is like too much radiation. It takes a while but the cumulative buildup ultimately gets you.
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was midway through his speech inside a crowded firehouse here last week when audience member Eunice McCarty nudged the man sitting next to her.
He was a Republican, and McCarty wanted him to know he had just been caught at a Democratic presidential candidate’s event.
The man didn’t applaud much, but at least he paid attention, she said.
“After all the things, they may be willing to listen at least,” she figured.
In this far-flung, northwestern corner of Iowa, it’s “almost kind of scary” to be anything but a Republican, she said.
After a weekend of auditioning would-be presidents, Christian conservatives are still seeking consensus on who should get the part.
“A lot of people feel less than satisfied; there’s no news in that,” former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said midway through the weekend gathering of the Family Research Council. “Of the major candidates, the big four, I don’t know if anyone has hit the mark yet.”
The public should be wary when the government doesn’t want the public’s confidence dented by inconvenient information, a case in point having been discovered by the Associated Press.
Says the AP: “Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near-collisions and runway interference occur more frequently than the government previously recognized.”
The cost of President George W. Bush’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq — in both dollars and American lives — continues to spiral out of control.
Bush not only wants to send more and more Americans into harm’s way in his war. He wants to spend more and more money to fund his failing efforts.
All this comes when polls show more and more Americans not only want the soldiers home but want spending in the Iraq debacle reduced and the hemorrhaging economy brought under control.
But Bush has a habit of getting what he wants and the timid Democratic Congress appears powerless to stop him.