(The "Second Republic" group held a big meeting Friiday Oct. 28th, at the State House in Mntpellier and gifted me with two 'comments' about this event on my post of Octoer 21st about corporate inroads on public health. One of my blogger friends told me that he had deleted this from his blog as being inappropriate as a comment and therefore spam.
I choose to regard these two 'comments' as guest blogs. I had hoped to get to their meeting in the afternoon, but found myself lingering until it was too late to leave, listening on my radio to the Libby indictment announcement and following commentary. I plan to post here what I wanted to tell this meeting in person either later today or tomorrow.)
Is this administration in trouble? Possiibly somewhat, in view of Bush's present low poll ratings.
But their primary agenda which is to privatize so many governmental functions that finally all control of our lives is taken away from us is proceeding quite as planned.
Is it really reasonable to assume that Libby, who worked for the most authoritarian of the administration bosses could have done what he is accused of doing on his own initiative?
No, Libby is the 'fall-guy'. He is more likely to plea bargain than to go to trial because an actual trial so close to elections would not really be desirable for the administration. Very possibly he may end with an electronic bracelet on his ankle for, say, six months house detention. And when this is finished, his reward for service will be a lucrative job in some corporation which Cheney influences.
And today we see the nominee for the Supreme Court whom this administration has had waiting in the wings all along, Judge Samuel Alito.
Yes, Harriet Miers has been the decoy, the fall-girl.
With the goal of controlling the Supreme Court so nearly theirs, because of their overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress, there would be no way they would risk the possible confirmation of someone so uncertain as Ms Miers might be. They could count on enough opposition from Repblicans in general that they would be 'forced' to nominate Alito. And the likelihood of his being confirmed is very strong.
Even if this administration experiences a major defeat in the 2006 Congressional elections, they have already achieved a good part of their agenda and can undoubtedly do more in the year they still have.
Consider how completely the control over a large part of what used to be our civilian army has been lost to Congress by Rumsfeld's handing over to Halliburton contracts for feeding our soldiers and for their laundry, for instance. Think of the many hints we have had about private companies involved in the interrogation of prisoners.
Consider how com;letely Medicaire has been turned over to the many private companies which now 'administer' its benefits. And look how thoroughly any real chance at prescription benefits for seniors has been corrupted by giving over the administration of these to private health insurance companies.
This administration is in no trouble.