You try to take a couple of days off to visit yer doddering old Da and the really fun stuff happens. Actually The Old Man ain't exactly on his last legs as it turns out. As a 76 year old prison guard of four years, who had his chest cracked open a couple of months ago, he flies the Jolly Roger 24/7 and neither asks nor gives quarter. This is only good and proper as the blasted moonscape of the Permian Basin, home of various Bushes and claimed by more, is no place for the faint-of-heart. Among the residents of this fair land, corruption is endemic (and exclusively Democratic); while Real Men are few (and exclusively Republican). It's True Grit all over again, as the badly outnumbered John Waynes stand tall against the weasly Bruce Dern types.
So anyhow, while I was doing my Stranger in a Srange Land schtick, Mr. Tom Delay (R-Sugarland) won a landslide primary victory of around sixty percent. The Spinmeisters have to be a bit nervous about the fact that Hot Tub Tom, having spent $2 million on attorneys and primaries, couldn't get forty percent of the hardcore faithful to shut down their gag reflexes. Nick Lampson, whose district was gerrymandered out of existence by DeLay's '03 redistricting effort, must still be giggling right now as he heads into the election season.
Back in DC, George and Dick are just puzzled over public reaction to the proposed Dubai Port Terminal deal. Seems like the faithful, having internalized the four year message that They hate us for our Freedom, can't get their heads around the concept that these Arabs are good Arabs. After all, these guys were early investors in The Carlyle Group, bailed young George out of a couple of tight spots, and currently host US Navy ships on a regular basis. The Reds like their messages simple and easily digestible. When Scooter's replacement and Neo-Con-of-the-moment Stephen Hadley reassures us that guys that went on hunting trips with Osama in '99, had just as much right to our trust as the Bin Laden family, the kids can be excused for their confusion.
The upshot of all of this was that while George was standing firm on his veto threat, we got to see Senator John Warner walk out of the White house and announce that Dubai was backing out of the deal about fifteen minutes before the Gummint of Dubai made the same announcement.
I'm going to go make some popcorn and watch Battlestar Galactica while I still have a Mellow on. I don't really want to think about how badly the Dems got rolled on the latest Patriot Act Vote, but I would like to thank Ron Wyden and Patty Murray for being two of only ten US Senators who give a damn about the Bill of Rights.