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Saturday, July 10, 2004

The Bush thing.

Some recent books about George W. that are worth the read include: Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward (personally, I found this the least satisfactory, a little disjointed); Worse Than Watergate by John Dean, a scathing indictment of the Bush administration’s obsession with secrecy, including misinformation about Cheney’s state of health (just imagine, if Cheney died, Bush would become president); American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush (Phillips is a populist who has been trying to move the Republican party away from the politics of class and entitlement to a broader base) and House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Most Powerful Dynasties. A common theme is the dynastic quality of the Bush family, a sense that the Bush family – the Kennedys notwithstanding, have used personal influence and connections to achieve power for the sole purpose of enriching their clan rather than provide public service. Politics is to be conducted over table in front of drinks; vision is irrelevant and frustrating.
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