Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Reading: "God kinda goes, No, I really don’t think so."

Reading Vanity Fair's oral history of the Bush White House is a necessary act of political masochism, in a "those who don't are doomed to repeat it" way.

The experience feels like having stitches removed by pulling them knot-side through, and it's curiously silent on the outing of CIA covert operative Valerie Plame as political payback in 2003, but otherwise it's compelling. Once you start reading, you won't be able to stop until you reach the end.

You'll be relieved that in 20 days Bush and his cronies will finally be out of the White House; and you'll be angered all over again at the damage to our nation already done and the damage yet to show itself--and the fact that they'll emerge largely beyond the reach of the law for their long list of offenses.

"Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House" is going on the Readings list in the sidebar.

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