The First 'With Foot In Mouth' Award.
By Forrest Barriger
Reprinted with permission
Editor of www.withfootinmouth.com,
regrets having voted for President Bush
one came even close to the winner of our first With Foot In Mouth award
when it came to deserving it. Or having it coming. What nailed it down
for him were two quotes. One, as a presidential candidate, was, "Some
people have too much freedom," which should have told us something.
other was, "When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world and you knew
exactly who they were. It was us versus them and it was clear who them
was. Today we are not so sure who the they are, but we know they're
there." Which told us hardly anything, but Jim Jeffords now has a better
idea of who "us and them" is. Are?
honoree, if you can call it that (and I certainly don't) is, of course,
President George W. Bush. Not only has Mr. Bush reversed positions on
many of his campaign promises but he has alienated members of his own
party, which is why Senator Jeffords came to announce his switch from
Republican to Independent. This eliminates most of the Cheney tie-breaking
votes and leaves Mr. Bush with an uphill fight to get any programs passed.
(Senate count now Democrats 50, Republicans 49 ). And one or more others
President has also alienated others, including environmentalists, not
only in this country but internationally, on a variety of issues. His
decisions have seemed too little, too late, and too often in the wrong
direction. (It's hard to lead with a foot in your mouth. Or talk legibly,
much less intelligently.)
late, despite Mr. Bush's claimed advocacy of campaign reform, he and
Mr. Cheney are making moves consistent with garnering all the campaign
funds they can before the bill passes. And there are other signs that
'money talks.' If, that is, one expects to be heard.
disagreed with the Bush campaign positions on a number of matters, and
the only ones on which I did agree, he reversed. I admit I voted for
Mr. Bush, but only because I thought he was the better of the two choices
offered. Maybe I was wrong, hard as that is to believe.
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find with an electronic presence. It can be freely used, my only request
being that attribution (and the above URL) be shown. Forrest Barriger
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