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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Bush League



George's losing streak, makes the sports page...
[George and Lance] biked together on the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch for a couple of hours over the weekend before Bush ordered his personal peloton into the pool, where everyone presumably splashed loudly enough to muffle the sounds of demonstrators gathered down the road. The president couldn't have looked weaker, more distant, more out of touch with a nation tiring of a war its leader can't adequately define.

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And then this was Bush at his worst, after that finger-wagging witness on Capitol Hill, ex-Ranger Rafael Palmeiro, was found to have raided Ben Johnson's medicine chest: "Rafael Palmeiro is a friend. He testified in public, and I believe him." Good grief. Bush called for reform, then railed against the reform. This was a minor misstep when measured against a biking and fishing vacation lasting longer than the Spanish Inquisition. Bush is a man who cares about fitness - this is good. When a bum knee forced him to stop running, he could've done what most 50-something men with bum knees do: limit their recreational pursuits to synchronized channel-surfing. Bush burned calories on the 10-speed instead. But nobody wants to hear about his impressive pulse rate and body-fat percentages when American boys and girls are dying overseas, and when lawmakers start throwing around the dreaded V-word - Vietnam - in the daily dialogue on Iraq.
Wow. Even the sports writers are taking time out of their regular game to voice dissent. George has been caught doctoring the ball, his curveballs are ineffective, and everyone is keeping score... The game is over.

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