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Digging a Hole Big Enough For Two

Can John McCain read a graph?

If your restaurant revenues looked like this, you’d change the menu.

If your business sales looked like this, you’d close your doors.

If your NBA basketball team ‘s attendance looked like this, you’d move to another city. (Sorry, Dave!)

But if you’re John McCain and this was a chart of President Bush’s approval ratings during his second term, you say "Elect me, and I’ll give you four more years of the same!"


I’ve got some bad news for you, Senator — it IS a chart of Bush’s second term approval ratings, compiled by Oh, there have been a couple "Broder bumps" in there, but the general direction is clear.

Keep on embracing Bush, though, as the economy heads south, the military continues to break, and the rule of law once championed by this country continues to be abused. Bush is digging himself a hole big enough for the both of you.

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I'm an ordained Lutheran pastor with a passion for language, progressive politics, and the intersection of people's inner sets of ideals and beliefs (aka "faith" to many) and their political actions. I mostly comment around here, but offer a weekly post or two as well. With the role that conservative Christianity plays in the current Republican politics, I believe that progressives ignore the dynamics of religion, religious language, and religiously-inspired actions at our own peril. I am also incensed at what the TheoCons have done to the public impression of Christianity, and don't want their twisted version of it to go unchallenged in the wider world. I'm a midwesterner, now living in the Kansas City area, but also spent ten years living in the SF Bay area. I'm married to a wonderful microbiologist (she's wonderful all the way around, not just at science) and have a great little Kid, for whom I am the primary caretaker these days. I love the discussions around here, especially the combination of humor and seriousness that lets us take on incredibly tough stuff while keeping it all in perspective and treating one another with respect.

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