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President Bush loves bulges. When he flew onto the flight deck of the USS Lincoln to proclaim “Mission Accomplished” he had a huge bulge in his crotch. Initially the imagery seemed merely distasteful or even amusing. On further reflection it was purely ugly. Size does matter when you intend to screw nations and their people, your own included, just because you think you can get away with it.

During the first presidential debate against John Kerry the president had a mysterious bulge in the back of his jacket.

Rumors began to fly even before this photo was made public because at one point during the debate the President said, “Let me finish,” when no one was interrupting him, or so we thought. Was the president hearing voices? Not that he was hallucinating, but perhaps Karl Rove and Karen Hughes were giving him a little audio help.

The White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card made a non-denial denial. “I have no reason to believe he was wearing a listening device at all.” No reason to believe? Isn’t that something the Chief of Staff should know? If Card can’t deny that Bush had an electronic crib sheet, it tells me that he had one.

The campaign is trending in Kerry’s direction. The recent surge in swing state voter registration is clearly an indication of anti-Bush activism. Kerry’s performance in the first debate gave some reassurance to the nay sayers among us. It all adds up to trouble for Bush.

The result is that Bush and his henchmen and women are beginning to lose their collective mind. Their comments are either irrational or clearly untrue. As their lies are revealed they become increasingly desperate and pose a greater threat, if such a thing is possible, to the entire world.

When the Charles Duelfeur report revealed no evidence of Iraqi WMDs, and no capability of producing nuclear weapons, the jig seemed to be up. If Democrats had a majority in even one house of Congress Bush would be headed for the dustbin of ignominious history, a la Richard Nixon. Unfortunately the Democrats control nothing in Washington and the media refuse to live up to the most minimal journalistic standards. The Dulfeur report wasn’t really news at all. The New York Times and the Washington Post and CNN and all the networks had access to the same information for years. The lies told to make war in Iraq were well known to anyone who cared to expose them.

Colin Powell said blandly, “I regret that the information was not correct.” It is too bad he didn’t think about that before his theater of the absurd performance at the United Nations, in February of 2003. At that time he spoke with complete confidence when he said that Saddam Hussein had 100 to 500 tons of chemical and biological weapons.

Condi Rice was also unequivocal when she said, “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” The good Dr. Rice now seems less sure of herself. This bizarre exchange took place in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos: The experts at the Energy Department believe the tubes were likely intended for small artillery rockets. If the government's top nuclear experts doubted that they were for nuclear weapons, why did you say that they were only suited for nuclear weapons?

Rice: George, at the time, I knew that there was a dispute. I actually didn't really know the nature of the dispute.

If the only excuses left are claims of incompetence then the end is near for this administration, unless they manage to frighten enough Americans into putting them back into office. Enter mysterious disks purporting to show information about American schools in the hands of a mysterious Iraqi. Were the schools, mostly located in swing states, under surveillance by terrorists? After raising the blood pressure of thousand of parents, we were told that the Iraqi in question had this information for purely innocent purposes.  This clumsy attempt at fear mongering may only be the beginning.

The same people who went to great lengths to steal an election are not going to just shrug their shoulders and admit defeat. Is the Democratic party ready for an October surprise? Will they have the guts to call a fraud a fraud, or ask questions about bogus reports of terror attacks on schools in New Jersey? Will they ask why the president’s Chief of Staff can’t give an outright denial that the president was wearing a wire?

In the worst case scenario, a terror attack on American soil, will they stand their ground and make the case for Kerry? If they won’t, get used to seeing George W. Bush. The outcome of this election depends on the willingness of a wimpy political party to suddenly show some courage.

Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in   Ms. Kimberley is a freelance writer living in New York City.  She can be reached via e-Mail at [email protected]. You can read more of Ms. Kimberley's writings at



October 14 2004
Issue 109

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