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  •  They can steal what they want, and rebrand later (3+ / 0-)

    The Republicans may not be the brightest. But in taking a special form of the capitalist mindset that disregards negative consequences external to their own balance sheets, they are phenomenal at making the best of an opportunity.

    Only months after playing one gain into another with Bush v. Gore, they set to work building a new brand. Even without their own captive television news network, they got the benefit of the doubt from most other channels. Even while burrowing their operatives first into appointed and eventually into permanent agency positions, and politicizing every corner of government, they played the "uniter not divider" on TV. Even while giving the store away to theocrats, super-wealthy robber barons and multinational corporations, Bush played the charming everyman. Even while gearing up for expensive bouts of domestic spying and elective war, they cut taxes and turned surplus into deficit. They know damn well it's the box you buy and not the cereal inside.

    So, thanks NYT for at least hinting at the difference:

    AFTER THE ATTACKS: ASSESSMENT; President Seems to Gain Legitimacy
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15—  With the eyes of a nervous nation fixed upon him, George W. Bush began coming of age as president this weekend.
    ...
    In the process, he made significant progress toward easing the doubts about his capacity for the job and the legitimacy of his election that have clung stubbornly to him during his eight difficult months in the Oval Office. You could almost see him growing into the clothes of the presidency.
    ...
    Mr. Bush's standing in the polls has soared. At summer's end, his approval ratings were anemic, barely breaking 50 percent in some surveys. Now, they are approaching 90 percent, a level reached in the past half-century only by his father, during the Persian Gulf war, and by Harry S. Truman.
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    But for Mr. Bush, his administration and the nation, the tests have just begun. This weekend, the president was the nation's mourner in chief and its cheerleader in chief. In the months ahead, he will be its commander in chief against the terrorists and their co-conspirators, a role fraught with complication and political peril.
    ...
    By R. W. APPLE Jr.
    Published: September 16, 2001

    Why is there a Confederate Flag flying in Afghanistan?

    by chimpy on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 12:57:45 PM PDT

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