Gas prices: Bush’s rebound fuel

Dick Morris: “Bush is never going to solve the massive negatives he is suffering as a result of the war in Iraq. His best shot is to distract Americans with a stellar performance in a new crisis, and the rise in gas prices comes along at just the right time.” (The Hill)

Two problems with Morris’ thesis. First, BushCo is incapable of responding effectively to a crisis, and in particular the windfall giveaway to their sponsors in the oil sector is not a trend they can buck.

Second, Bush’s rebound strategy is probably already being planned, and it will likely have more to do with engineering an ‘October surprise’ to shore up his anti-terrorist credibility. Whether that entails provoking a Tonkin-like act of Iranian aggression against US intersts which would call for massive retaliation and muster jingoistic sentiment; or — not too outlandish to rule out — facilitating a well-timed terrorist attack on U.S. soil, it will allow the Shrub an ludicrous and outrageous opportunity to try and look decisive (you know his ‘decisive monkey’ scowl?) and shore up Republican prospects.

FOXNews Exclusive, Believe it or not!

Neil Young’s ‘Impeach the President’ Lyrics: “When ‘Living with War’ starts streaming on www.neilyoung.com on Friday, my guess is the servers will overheat. The real test will come next week, when the album is available for downloading on several sites.

For now, though, here are the lyrics many parents are going to be hearing their kids singing in the next few days. Young has been clever enough to write the catchiest protest song since Country Joe and the Fish’s anti-Vietnam ditty, “I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die.”

Here, for the first time, the lyrics to Neil Young’s “Let’s Impeach the President”:

Let’s impeach the president for lying
And leading our country into war
Abusing all the power that we gave him
And shipping all our money out the door

He’s the man who hired all the criminals
The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
And bend the facts to fit with their new stories
Of why we have to send our men to war

Let’s impeach the president for spying
On citizens inside their own homes
Breaking every law in the country
By tapping our computers and telephones

What if Al Qaeda blew up the levees
Would New Orleans have been safer that way
Sheltered by our government’s protection
Or was someone just not home that day?

Let’s impeach the president
For hijacking our religion and using it to get elected
Dividing our country into colors
And still leaving black people neglected

Thank god he’s cracking down on steroids
Since he sold his old baseball team
There’s lot of people looking at big trouble
But of course the president is clean

Thank God”

Update: stream the song here.

Lies, Damned Lies and Karl Rove

The Gaping Hole In Rove’s Defense: “Yesterday, Karl Rove testified for almost four hours before a federal grand jury about his previous statements pertaining to the leak of an undercover CIA agent’s identity. Rove offered this stunning defense:

“…it would have been a suicide mission” to “deliberately lie” about his conversation with Cooper because he knew beforehand that it eventually would be revealed…

Rove wants the grand jury to believe that he wouldn’t have lied in 2003 about his role in the Plame affair because he knew journalists would ultimately tell the truth. But in fact, President Bush and the White House believed in 2003 that journalists would remain silent about the case and would refuse to name their sources…” (Think Progress)