A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
At BuzzFlash we believe that framing and defining the "other guy" is a winning strategy in politics. It's necessary to create frames that citizens will instinctively understand if they have a typical American cultural frame of reference.
That's why we've described the Bushies in terms of a crime family for years. There are just too many parallels to overlook -- arrogance, disregard for the law, brute application of power, and a loyalty first mentality.
That's why we're pleased to report that the idea that Bush and his friends have been running the show out of Washington like Vito Corelone ran his mob operation in New York City has spread like wildfire. From the New York Times editorial page, to Toledo Blade Op-Ed columnist Ann McFeatters, to Sidney Blumenthal at Salon.com and Jorge Mariscal at Capitol Hill Blue online - heck, even Senator Chuck Schumer and Argentine President Hugo Chavez have picked up on this - opinion makers and reporters alike are comparing George W. Bush's administration to a Syndicate.
Ironically, "W" himself has helped feed this frame by nicknaming his long-time attorney pal and (at least for the time being) U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales "Fredo."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
Washington, DC - Today's report that former Deputy Interior Secretary Stephen Griles will plead guilty to a felony charge of lying to a Senate committee is the latest reminder that the Republican culture of corruption continues in Washington. Griles, who as the second-ranking official in the department "effectively was Interior's chief operating officer and its top representative on Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force," could face ten months in prison for lying to Congress in order to hide his close relationship with Jack Abramoff and his role in doling out contracts to Bush Administration cronies. [AP, 3/23/07]
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MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
This big fiasco down the road I'm quite convinced will be seen as
The one that finally ended the Times' time with Andres Martinez.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Dave Lindorff
What a pathetic joke this nominally Democratic Congress has proven to be.
Despite polls showing 6 in 10 Americans want the U.S. out of Iraq ASAP, the best that this crew can come up with is a call - not binding, or course - for the president to pull out the troops by next spring or even summer. That would be over a year from now, and more than five years (!) into this criminal and incredibly stupid war.
A BUZZFLASH READER CONTRIBUTION
by Krede Kalhoun
Covert CIA agent Valerie Plame's outing by the Bush Administration destroyed Brewster-Jennings, a CIA covert front company that specialized in hard-to-get intelligence regarding Iranian nuclear weapons development and acquisition. Treason. Forget everything about this "affair" except that Bush/Cheney destroyed this major CIA operation by allowing, knowing about, and helping Plame to be exposed. Treason.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
by Cindy Sheehan
I have about had it!
The Bush Criminal Mob is asking Congress for $123 billion more to fund their total demolition of Iraq and their future crime sprees in such places as Iran and perhaps Syria.
BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
"A partisan fishing expedition"? How about a Repuglican partisan attempt to save your partisan behind, George Bush! All this hullabaloo, all this posturing, all this swagger is just some more of your overblown, exaggerated harangue to cover-up your partisan crimes, starting with firing a number of U.S. Attorneys in a lame attempt to obstruct justice! My God, you and Rove must devote most of your time in that Oval Office to scheming and plotting, and then even more time figuring out how to avoid getting caught!!!
If this is what they and most Republicans are
Convinced is the most fair position
Why didn't they insist Clinton testify that way
During the Lewinsky inquisition?