Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Small Triumphs, Large Turds 

George Galloway, MP, may be crazy; he may, in fact, be corrupt; but this week he is my hero--especially as he took the opportunity to sling a big, fat, well-earned turd in the already turd-spattered face of Norm Coleman (R-MN), the Senate's Most Loathsome Member (SMLM).

When Mr Coleman asked how he could have failed to be aware of Mr Zureikat's oil deals, Mr Galloway turned the attention to Mr Coleman's campaign fundraising.

He said: "Well, there's a lot of contributors, I've just been checking your website..."

"Not many at that level, Mr Galloway," the senator interjected.

"No, let me assure you there are," Mr Galloway went on. "I've checked your website. There are lots of contributors to your political campaign funds, I don't suppose you ask any of them how they made the money they give you."

Indeed. There's much, much more where that came from.

So--George Galloway was great. What wasn't so great was standing in the checkout line at the supermarket and catching a glimpse of the latest Reader's Digest, whose cover featured something that said: "Laura Bush: How Her Mind Was Shaped by Books."

Sorry to say, I didn't purchase the issue and thus wasn't able to find out how Laura Bush's "mind" was "shaped" by "books." However, in another (online) article, RD has this to report:


On the day of our visit last January, as my colleague Bill Beaman and I sat in a room waiting for the First Lady, we noticed a wall full of children's books, and thought they might be some of her favorites. The room was plain, rather cozy (read small), and under-decorated. We were told the interview would take place in Mrs. Bush's office, and assumed this was a waiting room. Wrong. This was Laura Bush's office: childcentric art and literature, a simple desk, a small sitting area, and that's it. How true to her style, I remember thinking. The tangerine suit was a compromise to the role of political wife. The office wasn't. You could imagine her in jeans and a work shirt, organizing anything from a bake sale to an inaugural ball. Then it dawned on me. The reason Laura Bush is perhaps the most popular First Lady since her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush, is because of the jeans and work-shirt attitude she projects to the country.

Her numbers are astounding: According to a recent Gallup Poll, she has an 85% approval rating, roughly 30 points higher than her husband.

One reason is that she hasn't made any mistakes -- not one -- during her four years in the White House. Compare that to Hillary Clinton's erroneous assumption that she should have a policy role in defining the nation's health care system.

Compare that, gentle reader.


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