A BushCo comment from his Q&A (question and avoid) session with Latin American press today during the increasingly embarrassing (for BushCo) Summit of the Americas:
""My obligation is to set an agenda, and I've done that. And the agenda's fighting and winning the war on terror and keeping the economic vitality and growth alive, dealing with the energy problem, nominating people to the Supreme Court that adhere to the philosophy that I campaigned on.""
At first I thought, great, I've got another quote to bang him over the head with. But the sad fact is that while his plan to destroy Soc Sec (never something anyone on the Right expected to get accomplished this term) is flailing about and even though they are starting to lower the expectations for tax reform so that he'll be able to claim a win there and despite polls that finally reflect his status as Worst President Ever, the fact is that he's moving along with his real agenda at a pretty good clip.
The Energy Bill is through; CAFTA (god help us all) is through; he' s going to get Alito confirmed in a walk; every one but four of his federal bench nominees is on the job; the union-busting NCLB is chugging along despite lackluster results; after almost a decade the Barriers to Bankruptcy Bill is law; the reconstruction of Lousiana will turn into a giant boondoggle for the forces of privatization; speaking of boondoggles, OSHA and other regulatory structures are being dimantled; torture is on its way to becoming the law of the land; the Medicare prescription benefit is set to lurch into effect; Plan B is stalled; the Dominionists are riding high; Haiti is on its way to sham elections that will annoint a U.S. puppet in an important region in our hemisphere; health savings accounts are gaining steam; we're still in Iraq ...
It's great to see the country waking up to the criminal disaster that is Team BushCo, but it's all PR at this point. When it comes to his agenda, that ship is sailing along at a good clip.
Part of the reason is because the current shameful bunch of Republicans in Congress can be counted on to choose party over country and robber barons over workers every time. Part of the reason is because the bulk of BushCo's true agenda is essentially unpublicized and what little reporting does emerge on stories like the decimation of OSHA is shouted down by the RW Noise Machine. But we knew all that. The whole question of a second term agenda is a silly one. The much more important issue is the one of midterms, which may be able to make Team BushCo pay, politically at least, for its crimes. As I've posted, the Congressional campaign has already begun in my district. The only people ignoring the real implications of all the bad PR are those whose job it is to report on it.