Friday, September 17, 2004

Phony as a $3 bill

Scrambling for the center, the White House is now planting stories (like this one in the Washington Post) about how Bush is a mainstream Christian -- he's really not a fire-breathing fundamentalist, not at all.

Digby is quite willing to believe that Dubya's not a fundamentalist:

Frankly, I don't think Bush is the least bit religious. I think it's as phony as the rest of him. Phony cowboy, phony flyboy, phony Christian. The only authentic thing about him is that he's a self-centered fratboy whose greatest faith is in his ability to get away with anything....

Apparently the evangelicals have taken it on faith that this guy is one of them because his speech writer is adept at using familiar religious phrases and he often evokes God as his guiding spirit. But it's clear to me that he is nothing but a rich prick playing a role for people for whom he has nothing but contempt.

I think Digby nailed it. No bona fide Christian could run the kind of campaigns Bush does. (Just ask John McCain -- victim of a Bush smear campaign during the 2000 primaries.) Bush was lying like a rug long before he ever got to the White House, long before WMDs.

"Thou shalt not bear false witness," the commandment says -- and if you're really a Christian, you don't get to pick and choose your commandments.


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