A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

He did it "WITHOUT NOTES" 

Every news report I've heard about John Roberts opening statement before the Senate confirmation hearing has commented that he "did it without notes" as if this is some major accomplishment. Every day in America lawyers deliver memorized arguments. Every day in America, sales people deliver their memorized pitch to potential buyers. Every day in America, an actor recites his/her memorized script. So what's the BFD about Roberts speaking without notes.

Roberts has had plenty of time to practice this speech and it seemed particularly well rehearsed, especially when he looked into the camera. This administration is all about image over substance and uses stage craft as a formidable perception management tool. This is but one more example.

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