Friday, April 09, 2004
Back to Work
From a WaPo piece nominally about Colin Powell, Dana Milbank (obvious) writes about Bush's vacation in Crawford:
This is Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
I'm not convinced that presidential retreats make for Super Nintendo time and SNES time alone, but on the other hand, there's be a reason presidents like to break away from the White House, right? And after all, the Bush administration still claims that the newest insurgent wave amounts to a handful of Iraqis behaving badly—if that's the case, might as well vacay. Maybe Cheney just likes to have the Office to himself.

But I didn't post this just for the partisan knock, though President Bush really ought to come into work next week. What's very clear from this article is that the Washington Post is going to explode. They have one of the more conservative editorial boards on the block, and then a squad of reporters (like Milbank and Robin Wright and Mike Allen) who would snipe at the Bush administration from the Style section, if necessary. A paper for a partisan world. Does itself some sincere discredit though by not getting the Darkness.

We will rock across the aisle.