One of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak news week was an
oddball account of Barbara Bush going ballistic over the way her boy-George
has been abused by other members of the administration.
Apparently, Lady McBush got it into her steely-blue helmet-head that
Dick Cheney and Co. have "undermined" the commander-in-chief and are
responsible for his plummeting popularity. According to Steve Clemons of "The
Washington Note" the First-mother is on the war-path and may "call
on Nancy Reagan to get a refresher lesson on how she took on and kicked out
then Chief-of-Staff Donald Regan".
Normally, this type of "he-said, she-said" story is only moderately
interesting, but the prospect of Nurse Ratchet unloading on Dick Cheney is bound
to put a jolt in anyone’s pacer.
Is this the "last throes" of the sneering V.P.?
The Texas matriarch has plenty of reason to be irritated, too. Sure, she doesn’t
waste her "beautiful mind" on the wretched minutia of Washington chitchat,
but, don’t kid yourself, she knows what’s going on. She’s
seen Cheney and his spectral-twin Donald Strangelove, dressing up junior in
flannel shirts or navy flight-jackets and packing him off him to pitch the war
to the wary public.
She’s read the shocking reports from Colin Powell’s ex-chief of
staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, claiming that Bush was kept out of the policy-making
loop prior to the invasion of Iraq.
She knows her boy has been duped, manipulated, and dragged through the Washington
mud by some real pros.
And, "O my Gawd", she had to endure that mortifying episode where
the Cessna breached White House air-space and the whole capital was evacuated,
but VP Cheney never even told cycling-George that we were under attack.
That’s the kind of prickly humiliation that stings for months.
Ouch….rip off the band-aid!
Now, according to "The Washington Note", Bar’s in a spitting-rage
that would melt the pearls off the neck of a blue-blooded matron; and Torture-Dick
in her crosshairs.
Ah-ha; maybe justice isn’t dead in America?
In fact, Clemons is saying, "Watch out for a lot to change right after
the State of the Union speech".
Is it possible; could Mommy Dearest actually take junior aside and work up
a Shakespearean plan for dumping the dumpy veep?
Barbara’s always been the grittiest street-fighter in the famiglia Bush;
an imperious Wagnerian she-wolf with enough verve and venom to take down a dozen
When Christmas roles around, Barbara will huddle with her Manchurian progeny
and tidy up the details for giving Uncle Dickie the "heave ho". That
will give Bush the chance to pluck Jim Baker from retirement and put a new face
on the administration.
I can just hear the thunderous applause bursting from the op-ed pages of the
Wall Street Journal and the "paper of record" as they praise the Dear
Leader and the dazzling coup that salvaged his nose-diving presidency.
With the albatross, Cheney, gone, Bush will have plenty of opportunity to hang
the leper’s rattle on Halliburton’s snappish geezer; blaming the
whole Iraqi nightmare on his former VP.
We shouldn’t "misunderestimate" our simple monarch. He may
be an incurious malingerer with the attention span of a spaniel, but he has
the instincts of a Mafia Don. After Bar gets a hold of him, he’ll see
that the only way he can pull himself out of the political ash-heap is to toss
Cheney overboard and start fresh.
Cheney’s days a numbered; he might as well clean out his desk and move
on back to his bell-tower.
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