Keith Olbermann doesn't make his views of the Bush administration a secret, but he rarely devotes an entire segment of Countdown to his own opinions. Last night, though, outraged by Donald Rumsfeld's speech at the American Legion convention, he did.
The thing is, he's right.
Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush have proven that they don't understand the world and don't know how to deal with it. They want us to have faith in their course of action, and only their course of action, when virtually every path they've led us down so far has turned out to be a disastrous dead end.
From the very beginning of his presidency--won without the votes of the plurality of voters--Bush has forgotten that he works for us, and instead seems to believe we're here to serve his ideology. He talks about how the presidency isn't a popularity contest, and he doesn't listen to polls (although, of course, his administration has spent just as much on polling as Clinton's did). But there is a difference. Bush polls to learn how to try to sell his ideas to the people. Clinton polled to find out what the people wanted. A leader has to lead, but at the same time he has to understand who the boss really is.
I don't want to psychoanalyze Bush, but it would be interesting to know how he came to this leadership strategy. Was it because he was a spoiled rich kid who never had to be told "no?" Was it because he got everything he wanted without trying hard? There were always Mom and Dad to get him out of Vietman and into Yale, to get his business schemes bankrolled. Before becoming president, he didn't have the resume and background one might expect in a president--no history of public service beyond his brief tenure as Texas's governor. Contrast that to Al Gore's and John Kerry's decades of service on Capitol Hill, and you have to wonder what, in Bush's history, made him believe he had any business in the White House at all.
Instead of thanking his lucky stars for the opportunity and determining to serve his country at long last, he decided the country should serve him and his friends. He seems to have missed the day in school when it was pointed out that we don't live in a monarchy. He just heard the words "King George" and let his imagination take over.
Okay, that's enough of my rant. Read Keith's here. It's better. If you have high speed, you can even watch it to see Keith Olbermann bitin' mad.