Well, without even having to locate a wormhole or anything, I actually did tune into KSL radio on the way to work today and was rather disoriented to hear Grant and Amanda joined in by Doug Wright all dissing President Bush for being such a pantywaist about the economy. Wright was especially vexed after listening to the president’s press conference this morning wherein the prez could only muster the weakest of bravado, saying: “My administration is focused on meeting these challenges.” Wright was, per usual, outraged: “Where is the president in all this?”
So, Doug, Grant and Amanda, I have to ask: Where was this outrage back in the day when it might have been useful, when this crisis had its start? It's a little late in the day to be pissed, isn't it?
Bush even opted out of attending a fund-raiser today, since his base from the good old days may be turning on him.
Later, while running an errand, I still had my radio tuned into 1160 AM.
Lo and behold, my ears were filled with the dulcet tones of Sean Hannity interviewing my former mayor, Sarah Palin. I noticed how many of Palin's sentences were choppy fragments as she haltingly considered ways to plug in her talking points. I'm baffled by how inarticulate she has become. Here are a few snippets:
HANNITY: Who's responsible for these failing institutions in your view?It reminds me a little bit of beauty-queen contestant babble. Sorta like …. dare I make the comparison?
PALIN: I think the corruption on Wall Street. That — that is to blame. And that violation of the public trust. And that contract that should be inherent in corporations who are spending, investing other people's money, the abuse of that is what's got to stop.
… The cronyism that has been allowed to be accepted and then leads us to a position like we are today with so much collapse on Wall Street. That's the reform that we have got to get in there and make sure that this happens. We have got to put government and these regulatory agencies back on the side of the people.
It's what John McCain and I — we have very consistent track records showing that we are capable and we are willing to do this, ruffling feathers along the way, but it's what we're expected to do and what we're promising to do.
And real reform is tough and you do ruffle feathers along the way. But, John McCain has that streak of independence in him that I think is very, very important in America today, in our leadership. I have that within me, also.
And that's John -- why John McCain tapped me to be a team of mavericks, of independents coming in there without the allegiances to that cronyism, to that good old boy system.