Just when we think we’ve buried both atrocious Bush presidencies forever, the old man rises up from the grave to proclaim the ascent of the second son as the rightful heir to a doomed legacy. Bush 41 — not yet embarrassed enough by the deadly antics of Bush 43 — wants a Bush 45: Jeb Bush.
Former President George H. W. Bush said today that he would like to see another Bush in the Oval Office. Speaking on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Mr. Bush said he thought his son Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, should run for the Senate when Mel Martinez vacates the seat in Florida in 2010 — if he wants to.
He then added, “I’d like to see him run for president some day.”
Mr. Wallace seemed a bit surprised. The elder Bush had just been saying that he thought the attacks on his son George W. Bush, the current president, were unfair. (Well, he said he thought most of them were unfair; some were fair, he said, but he declined to say which ones.) But after all that the current president has been through, Mr. Wallace asked, why would the father want to expose another son to such attacks?
“It’s about service,” Mr. Bush said.
Can you believe the gall of the man to push yet another misbegotten son on the rest of us?
He should’ve made a public statement that, in the necessary advancement of the United States of America in the world, no Bush will ever run for public office ever again!
Instead, we get a declaration by the patriarch of the American Royal Family: “We’re not done yet with the destruction of freedom and liberty. Give us another eight year shot at the darkness.”
We don’t want another Bush in our heads! Ever!
What Papa Bush knows is this: If Jeb runs, he’ll win.
Jeb will take advantage of the conservative fraud machine Karl Rove headed up — and the eerie death of Rove’s right-hand man in the dimming of December is especially grave and telling as described in an Amy Goodman interview with Mark Crispin Miller:
AMY GOODMAN: A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Mike Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. He also set up the official Ohio state election website reporting the 2004 presidential election returns.
Connell was reportedly an experienced pilot. He died instantly Friday night when his private plane crashed in a residential neighborhood near Akron, Ohio. Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count and his access to Karl Rove’s e-mail files and how they went missing.
Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell’s activities, revealed this weekend that Connell had recently said he was afraid George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.” Cliff Arnebeck had also previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to “take the fall.”
MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, I cannot assert with perfect confidence that this was no accident, but I will say that the circumstances are so suspicious and so convenient for Rove and the White House that I think we’re obliged to investigate this thing very, very thoroughly. And that means, first of all, taking a close look at some of the stories that were immediately circulated to account for what happened, that it was bad weather. That was the line they used when Wellstone’s plane went down. There had been bad weather, but it had passed two hours before. And this comes from a woman at the airport information desk in Akron. We’re told that his plane was running out of gas, which is a little bit odd for a highly experienced pilot like Connell, but apparently, when the plane went down, there was an explosion, a fireball that actually charred and pocked some of the house fronts in the neighborhood. People can go online and see the footage that news crews took. But beyond the, you know, dubiousness of the official story, we have to take a close look at – and a serious look at all the charges that Connell was set to make.
Why haven’t we read more about Mike Connell’s death in the newspapers and had his life reported in the mainstream media? Why is this being hushed up and who is doing the quieting?
Is it because the media conglomerates are too complicit in the ordinary destruction of democracy?
The Goodman/Miller interview continues with the means of the vote stealing:
AG: What do you mean, “electronically shaved”? I mean, you’ve got all these precincts all over Ohio. They’re counting up their votes. What does he have to do with this?
MCM: Well, specifically, there’s a computer architecture setup called “Man in the Middle,” which involves shunting the election returns from, you know, the state in question – in this case, Ohio – shunting them to a separate computer elsewhere. All of the election returns in Ohio in 2004 went from the Secretary of State’s website – this is Ken Blackwell – to a separate computer in a basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which was under the control of another private company called SMARTech.
So we have now two private companies: GovTech Solutions, which is Connell’s company, SMARTech, which is run by a guy named [Jeff] Averbeck. And the company – the third private company that managed the voting tabulators in Ohio was called Triad. All three of these companies worked closely together on election night in Ohio in 2004. It turns out that the state’s own IT person was sent home at 9:00 p.m. They said, “Go ahead. Go home. We’ll take care of this.” So that this trio of highly partisan and, let me add, Christianist companies basically took over the whole –
AG: What do you mean, “Christianist”?
MCM: Well, they’re radical theocratic activists, particularly – particularly Triad and SMARTech. You know, they are fervently anti-choice.
AG: Well, Mike Connell was, in fact – many said that’s what motivated him through all of this, his fierce anti-abortion stance.
MCM: He told – Connell told Spoonamore that one of the primary reasons why he helped Bush-Cheney steal elections was to save the babies. I do think, though, that we have to draw a distinction between Connell, on the one hand, and the Averbeck and the Rapp family, on the other hand, because Connell was far less ferocious in his political views. He was an ardent anti-abortionist, it’s true, but he wasn’t quite as hardcore as the others. And in fact, you know, he was a little bit alienated from the others, and that’s one of the reasons why he was inclined to talk, and so on.
But the fact is, to answer your question, that on election night in 2004, it had been Connell, with these other two companies working with him, who had managed the computer setup, enabling Ken Blackwell to study the maps of precincts and voter turnout very carefully and figure out how many votes they need. By shunting the data to Chattanooga, they kind of slowed down the data stream.
If you don’t have shivers down your spine right now — Miller continues in the interview to argue how at least seven million votes were shaved from Obama in the 2008 presidential election against McCain — at the terrifying spectre that American elections are being stolen by conservative activists, then you must be a full bellied Bushite who recognizes that Papa Bush needs to get his baby boy Jeb elected before their fraud machine is dismantled by a righteously madding crowd now uncowed by the convenient treachery of a few against a nation of us all.