Self-Validating Assertion

by Kieran Healy on October 4, 2005

“President Bush”: today:

bq. Mr. Bush also sent a clear signal that he would resist, on grounds of executive privilege, providing senators documents related to Ms. Miers’s work in the White House. … “I just can’t tell you how important it is for us to guard executive privilege in order for there to be crisp decision-making in the White House,” Mr. Bush said.

Just can’t. Because of what I said about crisp decision-making, you see.



KCinDC 10.04.05 at 3:38 pm

The phrasing seems a bit unmanly, but then this is a guy who uses “fabulous” and “superb” a lot, and has a Defense Secretary who uses “my goodness!”


P ONeill 10.04.05 at 3:42 pm

There was also the bizarre statement:

I think it’s important to bring somebody from outside the system, the judicial system, somebody that hasn’t been on the bench and, therefore, there’s not a lot of opinions for people to look at.

And the word of the day seemed to be “opine.”


Cranky Observer 10.04.05 at 4:12 pm

Well, let’s see. The last time we heard about “crisp decisions” was when Mr. Bush justified his August 2005 vacation. In other words, approximately two weeks before he made his Katrina decisions.

Let’s hope things are a bit more crisp this time.



Phyllis 10.04.05 at 7:01 pm

You know, if your boss was like this, you’d think he was a total dick (wanker in your parlance, I believe).


Jon H 10.04.05 at 9:57 pm

I think he meant to say “crap decisionmaking”.


Kenny Easwaran 10.05.05 at 2:43 am

Took me a couple minutes to get the pun you’re talking about.


Howard 10.05.05 at 3:54 am


Hey, here’s an idea: if everyone that reads blogs like this one sends a gift-wrapped bottle of Thunderbird, or Night Train, or Boone’s Farm to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, we could have thousands–no millions– of bottles of wino wine piling up at his front door!

Propogate the meme throughout the sphere!

Or wrap it up yourself.


Steve 10.05.05 at 7:56 am

Quit complaining. I like Bush, and it is obvious he has given you guys the greatest gift he possibly could have given. This selection is baffling, insulting, corrupt, dishonest cronyism, and the Right Wing knows it. You should be jumping for joy over this pick.



Uncle Kvetch 10.05.05 at 8:30 am

Steve, if all I cared about was the political fortunes of GWB, I probably would be jumping for joy right now. Unfortunately, there’s a snag: I also happen to live in this country, so it’s not quite as simple as rooting for my favorite sports team. The fact that one of the 9 seats on the Supreme Court will be occupied for the next 10, 15, maybe 20 years–long after we’re blessedly free of GWB–by an underqualified toady is hardly cause for celebration.

(That said, I’m fairly sanguine about Miers because, as many other lefties have pointed out in the last few days, it’s not as if any of the alternatives would be preferable.)


KCinDC 10.05.05 at 11:28 am

Yes, unfortunately an underqualified toady is probably better for the country than any qualified candidate Bush would appoint. And the toadiness will be irrelevant by 2009. We can only hope for the least of a range of evils.


abb1 10.05.05 at 11:35 am

Steve, you have to trust that it’s done for a good reason. It’s just that, as noted in the post, he can’t tell you what the reason is, or crispness of his decision-making would’ve been ruined. We don’t want that, do we.

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