Cross posted from Article of Faith:
The preznit’s choice of former Bush I administration chief spook Robert Gates to replace Rumsfeld at the Pentagon is yet another sign that Poppy Bush is moving back into the Oval Office to clean up the mess Junior and The Dick have made.
As Maureen Dowd puts it this morning, we’ve got a real “come to daddy” moment going on here.
“Poppy Bush and James Baker gave Sonny the presidency to play with and he broke it. So now they’re taking it back. They are dragging W. away from those reckless older guys who have been such a bad influence and getting him some new minders who are a lot more practical.
“Two trusted members of the Bush 41 war council, Mr. [Jim] Baker and Robert Gates, have been dispatched to discipline the delinquent juvenile and extricate him from the mother of all messes. Mr. Gates, already on Mr. Baker’s “How Do We Get Sonny Out of Deep Doo Doo in Iraq?” study group, left his job protecting 41’s papers at Texas A&M to return to Washington and pry the fingers of Poppy’?s old nemesis, Rummy, off the Pentagon.
“They had to bring in someone from the old gang,” said someone from the old gang. “That has to make Junior uneasy. With Bob, the door is opened again to 41 and Baker and Brent [Scowcroft]. Baker’s no fool. He wasn’t going to go out there with a plan for Iraq and have Rummy shoot it down. He wanted a receptive audience. Everyone had to be on the same page before the plan is unveiled.”
We’re talking about Bush consigliere Jim Baker and best friend Brent Scowcroft (both of whom Gates has strong friendship and ties with).
It really is a fascinating chapter in the ongoing Oedipal drama between 41 and 43. Too bad it’s taken six years, 2800 dead Americans, and a political ass-whipping the likes of which hasn’t been seen in over a decade, to bring Junior and The Dick to heel.
It will also be interesting to see if they try to rush this through the lame-duck Republican controlled Senate, or wait till the new Democratic Senate is seated.
And how weird is that to say this morning? Democratic controlled Congress. One can hope we see an “era of bipartisanship”, and the shuffling within the White House would seem to suggest that the era of moderation that swept Congress Tuesday may be sweeping the halls of the West Wing too.
One can hope, I said. I’m still skeptical (who wouldn’t be, after a decade in the wilderness?), but maybe something really will get done.
Either way, the long national nightmare of right-wing neo-conservatism, a morally bankrupt and degenerate ideology if ever there was one, is over.