The silly controvery over the bulge under Bush’s jacket is so typical of the GOP that it’s worth taking a quick look at how it represents the Republican way of treating American voters like idiots. nytimes.com/2004/10/09/polit … oref=login A photo turns up showing a big rectangular bulge under Bush’s jacket. The White House reaction?
Lie and issue frantic, baseless statements that the photo must have been doctored.
However, when TV footage showed that it wasn’t merely that photo but pretty much every camera with a view of the president that showed a big rectangular bulge under Bush’s jacket, the Republicans went into their second phase, denial mode.
“There was nothing under his suit jacket,” said Nicolle Devenish, a campaign spokeswoman. “It was most likely a rumpling of that portion of his suit jacket, or a wrinkle in the fabric.”
No explanation at all for why the fuck a wrinkle looks like a big rectangular box. Now, we have to wonder why the Republicans have such difficulty telling the truth about the tiniest things.
salon.com/news/feature/2004/ … ex_np.html has a great article covering the likely technology involved and one instance in which the president may have also been caught out using it:
'Suggestions that Bush may have using this technique stem from a D-day event in France, when a CNN broadcast appeared to pick up – and broadcast to surprised viewers – the sound of another voice seemingly reading Bush his lines, after which Bush repeated them. Danny Schechter, who operates the news site MediaChannel.org, and who has been doing some investigating into the wired-Bush rumors himself, said the Bush campaign has been worried of late about others picking up their radio frequencies – notably during the Republican Convention on the day of Bush’s appearance. “They had a frequency specialist stop me and ask about the frequency of my camera,” Schechter said. “The Democrats weren’t doing that at their convention.” ’
It reminds me of when Bush crashed his bike while on another one of his vacations down in Crawford – the GOPsters felt they had to lie about the weather to cover up for his spill. dailykos.com/story/2004/5/23/201822/996 has the scoop: “It’s been raining a lot and the topsoil is loose,” [White House spokesman Trent] Duffy said. “You know this president. He likes to go all-out. Suffice it to say he wasn’t whistling show tunes.”
Here’s the rainfall for the days leading up to the accident:
May 22: 0"
May 21: 0"
May 20: 0"
May 19: 0"
May 18: 0"
May 17: 0"
May 16: 0"
May 15: 0"
May 14: 0.03"
May 13: 2.79"
May 12: 0"
May 11: 0.15"
May 10: 0"
May 9: 0"
Basically, if you hear a Republican say it’s sunny outside, you’d better check a window.