“November Non-Surprise”

I heard this news clip that “critics are questioning the timing” of Saddam Hussein’s conviction.  This is an insane statement.  To “question the timing” presumes a sense of doubt.  I myself am not “questioning” the timing of Saddam Hussein’s conviction, I am stating the timing of Saddam Hussein’s conviction.  Which is to say, when this process started, roughly two years ago, I predicted that he would be convicted the weekend going into the 2006 midterm elections.  There it is!  This didn’t keep me up at night, nor is it keeping me up at night as a partisan horror attack.  It’s just the manner in which this is under US government control, as opposed to — oh, I don’t know — under control of the International War Crimes Tribunal.  (There were statements made by right-wing cranks that bellowing “Why isn’t France [France as stand-in for all those squishy European nations] involved in this?”  The reason being — the US threw it out of international rules, and did it themselves — under the guise of “Iraqi rule”.  Figure out the political repercussions yourownself as per your own personal views on politics.)

So then there were the clips of Bush at some campaign rallies proclaiming the greatness of this conviction.  An Independent judiciary in Iraq, that which so many people never believed could happen.  The Iraqis are Standing Up, if the US is not standing Down ah well.  I cannot stress this too much:  Bush is all yell-y.  These speeches leave the crowd in thunderous applause.  Who are these people?  Are these the people who believe the words of Tony Snow about how ridiculous these questions (re: statements) are and how in the realm of tin-foil hat territory they are, as though nothing here was set up by the American government.

Bush’s approval ratings are back up to 40%, I hear.  I believe it’s a sign of submergence on the part of a significant number of Republicans needing to stand by Team Republican — always a foil, always a foil, always a foil, that being San Francisco Liberal Nancy Pelosi and a batch of potential urban and liberal committee chairs.  We await tommorrow to see what this means:

ROVE: I’m looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I’m entitled to THE math.

SIEGEL: I don’t know if we’re entitled to a different math but your…

ROVE: I said The math.

Which is to say, in my math 2 + 2 = 4.  With “The Math”, 2 + 2 evidentally equals “Republican Victory”.  I presume that this is that there famed “New Math” I used to hear people rail against.

Leave a Reply