Saturday, March 11, 2006

Cronkite Moment?

I keep hoping and hoping for the definitive "Cronkite Moment" of this pathetic adminstration. Here's another candidate:

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill met with reporters to talk about their upcoming tour, but ended up venting their frustration with the cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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When asked by reporters during Wednesday's round table about the government's slow progress, Hill, 38, said, "It's wrong. It's embarrassing. It really gets us fired up. That's our homeland."

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The 38-year-old country singer also criticized President Bush, who visited the devastated Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on Wednesday.

"There's no reason why someone can't go down there — who's supposed to be the leader of the free world — and say, `I'm giving you a job to do and I'm not leaving here until it's done. And you're held accountable,'" he said.

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When asked what their fans could do to help, McGraw said: "Vote."

Whoa. If it's safe for country stars to finally be able to criticism the administration, it might actually be on its last legs.

3 Comments:

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Ralph said...

Yes, one would think so -- that the administration "might actually be on its last legs" -- but then we read on Daily Kos right now that

1) It may soon become a crime to expose Presidential law-breaking as it applies to FISA-related wiretapping

2)

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger Ralph said...

2) Secret denials of court motions, with the opposing filings also declared secret, have already gone into practice.

In these two parallel universes, and given the history of the Bush administration, can we really think they will let themselves be taken down by a few bad popularity polls or criticisms by country singers?

I am really afraid (and sorry to be so gloomy, really) we are on the threshhold of a full-blown dictatorship. In fact, it could be argued that we are already there now.

And how many dictators step down gracefully? Maybe one in fifty, is my impression.

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger Ralph said...

Three comments in a row from one person? Well, the first two were supposed to be one comment, but I guess I clicked Publish instead of Preview.

Anyway, I just remembered that when I was in 4th grade I wrote a couple of columns for the school newspaper entitled... wait for it... Esoterica! I thought I was making the word up. The first column was about ticks (yes, those little guys that fall down onto your hair from trees) and the second one was about the anomaly of ice being less dense than water, so that it floats on the top of ponds, thereby allowing most aquatic creatures to survive through the winter.

 

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