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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Why Oh Why Are We Ruled by This Lying Idiot?

Is Bush really stupid or a really big liar? The answer is "yes":

Think Progress: Bush: "We've Never Been Stay The Course": During an interview today on ABC's This Week, President Bush tried to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years. George Stephanopoulos asked about James Baker's plan to develop a strategy for Iraq that is "between 'stay the course' and 'cut and run.'"

Bush responded, "We've never been stay the course, George!"...

Bush is wrong:

BUSH: We will stay the course. [8/30/06]
BUSH: We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. [8/4/05]
BUSH: We will stay the course until the job is done, Steve. And the temptation is to try to get the President or somebody to put a timetable on the definition of getting the job done. We're just going to stay the course. [12/15/03]
BUSH: And my message today to those in Iraq is: We'll stay the course. [4/13/04]
BUSH: And that's why we're going to stay the course in Iraq. And that's why when we say something in Iraq, we're going to do it. [4/16/04]
BUSH: And so we've got tough action in Iraq. But we will stay the course. [4/5/04]

The question is why this guy ever had any supporters, given how obviously unqualified he was to be president from the get-go. The answer is that there was a first circle of supporters--aides, power-brokers, Republican hacks, operatives, and journalists--who thought they were in on the con, and a second circle who trusted the first-circle membes who lied to them.

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