Garrison Keillor once again takes aim, fires, and hits dead center.
In an article at salon.com, titled "Rolling with the punches," he notes that the politicos are no longer able to use 9/11 to cry that the terrorists are coming, thereby "hoping to turn a traumatic occasion ... into a permanent Republican majority.
"You can't wave the bloody shirt anymore and expect people to fall into line.
"And that's a problem for John McCain. A great candidate for hustling neocons and owners of five or more homes, he is dead wrong about Iraq, dead wrong about the economy, and he was born 20 years too soon. But Republicans feel sorry for how he was savaged eight years ago and so they will prop the old man up, retrain him as best they can, keep him on message, stuff a rag in him when he starts kidding around."
Keillor says that McCain's got another problem, too: George W. Bush, who will be diddling away his time for awhile, "but he's bound to emerge in the fall, make a speech, issue a statement, do something, and this will not be good for McCain."
And then Keillor puts into a few words, a summary of the vapidness that is George W. Bush; an excellent and insightful commentary that captures well the faux cowboy from Crawford.
"America has paid a terrible price for one family's decision to take a boy out of the public schools of Midland, Texas, and send him off to Chutney or Amway or whatever his prep school was called, and then to Yale, where he picked up a permanent grudge against people who were smarter than he. A Yalie who learned to pass for redneck, a Methodist who learned to pass for evangelical, he was cut out for politics, but what a lousy administrator and what a dull, uninspiring leader. Fewer people want more bushiness than want to see the return of infantile paralysis. And the truth is marching on."
Read the entire article here.