Monday, January 23, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

Rebel-in-Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush, sounds like something any conservative would want to read. And few question the conservative credentials of author Fred Barnes, executive editor of the conservative magazine Weekly Standard, and a member of Brit Hume's "All Star" Panel on Fox News Channel.

So why did the Conservative Book Club not only decline to offer the Barnes volume, but also attack the book?

Rebel-in-Chief is filled with "empty puffery," writes book club Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Rubin.

Ouch. Sounds like something you'd read on JABBS.

But that's not all. According to Rubin, Barnes is too favorable toward "all those things that Bush does to drive traditional conservatives to despair" in a way that "call[s] into question his own understanding of conservatism." Additionally, "Fred Barnes isn't doing the president -- or the country -- any favors by celebrating his worst political tendencies."

How did Barnes react? As you'd expect a peddler of empty conservative spin:

"I guess they don't like Bush, or me, either," he told the Washington Post.

Right, that's it, Fred. ...

3 Comments:

Anonymous ash said...

I read a(n) hilarious review of the book last week, previous to which I had never heard of it. I believe it was by John Dickinson via the Slate website. Constant references to Bush "taking the initiative" to do whatever without "being prompted by his aides." Over and over, in case you didn't get it the first time.

Bet Coulter loves it. Maybe she'll spend her next column wet-kissing it.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How they try but even conservatives can no longer hide behind the embarrassment of this administration, whose incompetence and deceit know no bounds.
It was revealed today that the Bush Administration had been warned of a levee problem in New Orleans several months ahead of Katrina, but sat on its hands
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10995817/
We will likely soon see similar validation of reports that the Bush Administration had actually cut funding for the levee repairs set aside by the Clinton administration purportedly to have more money for his Iraq folly.
Then it was disclosed today that Time magazine has a photo of Bush with Abramhoff at a major May 9, 2001 Abramhoff-sponsored fund-raising event the White House has earlier denied he had attended:
http://thinkprogress.org/2006/01/23/white-house-abramoff-meeting-lie/

10:14 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

JABBS has actually written about the fact that Bush diverted money in 2003, 2004 and 2005 from Army Corps of Engineers projects in Louisiana to help fund the Iraq War.

4:49 PM  

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