Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Freaky Deaky


While Eric is gearing up, just one more quick one from me. My two little posts in his absence were about the limits of metaphor, which, along with satire, parody and ideology, this decadent phase of a decadent Revolution has forced us all to explore.

Someone left The Cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake It
And I'll never have that Recipe again!
Oh No!

Savor the preposterous, strained, ridiculous metaphors, people - or, rather, choose wisely from among them.

It's gut-check time for the crumbling con AKA the Administration. Josh Marshall puts his finger on something that many of us have felt for a while now:

Does President Bush have an incentive to whip up a crisis over North Korea? Consider the incentives. Or rather consider whether there is any dirty laundry that could be uncovered during the president's last two years in office if the Democrats gain control of one or both houses of Congress. Do the math.

I have no intelligent opinion on whether Bush can or will whip up said crisis. But careful observation of this WH tells you that they are terrified of losing Congress - not just 'worried about it', but really frightened. Oversight is the last fear they would admit to, and therefore their biggest one. You can deduce from that that they have good reason to fear.

Even if you don't really care about politics, or - more likely - are so disgusted that you don't want to pollute your brain with sound and fury signifying nothing; even then, you can't deny the sheer drama of the moment, bathetic though it is. It's ugly, but doesn't really 'signify nothing' - it signifies quite a lot, actually. Unfortunately, you have to face the drama you have rather than the drama you wish you had. Given that, we're in for a doozy of a last act.

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