The Rs I know love to make excuses for the Bushies, claiming that they don't believe their own hype, but use it to political effect.
Well, there is no question that they use the hype to maximum effect, but I think they believe it all too. And this week we have some proof.
First, Karen Hughes is brought in to sell the US abroad.
Second, Bush Recommends Wolfowitz for World Bank.
Is it even possible to have chosen two people less likily to succeed at these jobs?
Put aside for the moment that Karen Hughes is insane (just ask Tucker Carlson), there is no person on earth more closely associated with Bush personally and more famous for sycophantic devotion to him. Outside of the GOP, no one believes for a moment that Karen could be objective about anything, and this is magnified a thousand times for non-Americans, whom she is to woo.
Likewise, aside from Bush himself, there is no American more disliked abroad than Paul Wolfowitz who everyone knows is the mastermind of the Iraq war that the entire world hates. I am told that by tradition the US picks the head of the World Bank and the Europeans pick the head of the IMF. In 2000, Clinton blocked the German chosen by the EU to head the IMF. I can't imagine that the EU will not return that favor now and block Wolfie, but we shall see.
So either they are completely clueless and really do believe thier own hype or they just don't care about the job they gave Karen (the post has been vacant since last summer) and Wolfie is being sent in to destroy the World Bank.
What do you think?