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The United States has a population of about 280 million people.  Do you think Dubya is more qualified than most of those people to be President of the United States?

Originally posted to Frederick on Thu Nov 27, 2003 at 05:24 PM PST.

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Do you think George W. Bush is among the 10 million Americans most qualified to be President of the United States?

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  •  uncomfortable truths (none)
    well, I'd be the first to say that connections don't count, but just to be controversial: don't you think connections count?    

    Is there some value to just knowing enough people that know enough people to do all the hiring, to get all the beaurocrats that do their jobs and keep things running on that day-to-day level.  W is especially bad, for example, and is giving reign to Cheney's unique visions of world instability, which make them dangerous, imho, but there are a lot of people who were also a part of Bush I's more liberal admin.  Who would be a part of Colin Powells administration if he has let the Republican's run him for President.  These are people that don't play around masterbating about taking the world over every day, but who just get the real work done and keep the government moving.

    Does that count?  Or could me and my buddy come in and set that stuff up?  So, out of the most qualified 10,000,000?

    controversially yours,
    pyrrho (the skeptic)

    •  Re: uncomfortable truths (none)
      Is there some value to just knowing enough people that know enough people to do all the hiring, to get all the beaurocrats that do their jobs and keep things running on that day-to-day level.

      Judging from Bush's performance, I have to answer "no."  Short of actually blowing up the world, I have a hard time seeing how Dubya could have done worse than he has.  He has been King Midas in reverse:  everything he has touched has turned to shit (Iraq; Afghanistan; the budget surplus -- er, I mean record deficit; the trade deficit; unemployment; North Korea; the environment; etc.).  I gather you're suggesting that Dubya has done better than he otherwise would have because, unlike you or me, he already knew Cheney, Powell, Condi, Rummy, Perle, Wolfowitz, etc. from Daddy's administration.  No doubt Bush thought that even though he didn't know what he was doing, he could do OK by appointing (or having Cheney appoint) people who did know what they were doing and delegating to them.  But having an empty vessel as the president meant that there was no one to check their crazy neocon fantasies.  He would have done better to appoint intelligent but less arrogant people who didn't think they could remake the world to suit their design.

      Send Dubya back to the ranch! BeatBushBlog

      by Frederick on Fri Nov 28, 2003 at 02:57:49 AM PST

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      •  Re: uncomfortable truths (none)
        >>I gather you're suggesting that Dubya has done better than he otherwise would have because, unlike you or me, he already knew Cheney, Powell, Condi, Rummy, Perle, Wolfowitz, etc. from Daddy's administration.<<

        No, exactly not them.

        Bosses like that who "stragify" all the time don't do much of the real work.  But anyway, there was a large part of devil's advocate in that.

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