December 10, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Only a truly heartless partisan could watch the footage this week of George H.W. Bush sobbing in tribute to the integrity, goodness, and lost promise of his beloved Jebbie and not feel a stab of sympathy. The entire display fits so neatly into the Poor-Jeb storyline we've been following for the last six years or so: Serious, hard-working, smart, intellectually engaged younger brother sees his bright and shiny political future derailed when shallow, glad-handing, ne'er-do-well older brother swipes the brass ring first. Forget Shakespeare. This has biblical drama written all over it. Think Jacob v. Esau in reverse--only with fewer goats and a scarier materfamilias."
-Michelle Cottle, in TNR. Does this mean we won't be getting a President Jeb? Posted by Stephen Silver at December 10, 2006 10:20 PM

I guess I am heartless. I don't feel bad for blue bloods who cry over the loss of power. I guess Bush the elder is just getting weepy and vulnerable with age.

Posted by: A at December 11, 2006 09:40 AM

I'm not weeping for them, but for lost opportunities: Jeb would've made a vastly better president, and his brother's massive fuckups have made the likelihood of that ever happening significantly less. That is the country's loss, not just his and/or his family's.

Posted by: Dave J at December 13, 2006 10:33 PM
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