So far Gannongate shows no signs of disappearing in spite of the Major Media’s attempts to ignore or downplay it. And why should it? This is a scandal a hundred times or more worse than Monicagate. Just how did Gannon get those press passes? We are still awaiting answers. In the meanwhile people are guessing Gannon must have been sleeping with someone in high places, perhaps even Karl Rove himself. You would think the White House would be interested in denying all these rumors and speculations but so far, nothing. I guess they think like with all their other scandals if they just ignore it, it will go away. I sincerely hope not this time. At some point reality and truth has to catch up with them.
Some people seem to think that the release of the Bush tapes, in which he discusses his marijuana use and his feeling about gays, should be damaging to Bush. I don’t see why. He comes across in those tapes as being concerned about children and marijuana, and also about not discriminating against gays. He admits being a sinner which the Fundamentalists can swoon over. And their release came just at the right moment to take our minds off the Gannongate scandal. I think Rove was behind this just as he was probably behind the fake materials that led to Rather’s downfall.
We are being told that Bush’s Europe trip has been a success, that all 26 countries have agreed to help with the Iraq problem. But it has been pointed out by someone that all of the help they have actually offered means they will be contributing only .5 percent of the training of an Iraqi police/military force. When you consider that France offered only one (1) officer to help in this endeavor it makes you wonder if Bush even perceives the insult. Furthermore there have been large anti-Bush turnouts in Belgium and Germany and elsewhere that have hardly been reported by the American press. I think it is fair to say that this trip has not been a resounding success, or even a success, or even less than that. Also going largely unnoticed is the failure to hold a so-called town hall meeting with ordinary German citizens because Bush is too cowardly to face any potential difficult questions and the Germans, bless them, refused to agree to questions screened in advance.
I guess Bush/Cheney supporters must be very proud to know that their champions are universally despised, have been illegally bribing newspeople to spread their propaganda, coddling fake gay newsmen in the press corps, making utter fools of themselves internationally, blatantly lying about Social Security, covering up their failure to prevent 9/11, outing an important CIA operative, ruining the U.S. military, failing to find bin Laden, being outsmarted by the Iraqi religious leaders, bankrupting the U.S. economy, and etc., etc. When will it ever end? Or is this it? The end of the American century and American democracy. Stay tuned, things can only get worse.