Want to see Vintage Tim Russert ripping an asshole a new asshole? Check out these video clips of his Sunday show with Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff. Russert's opening question: "Are you considering resignation?" Clip 1 is the handjob, then clip 2 aims for penetration. Tim quotes me at the end of clip two, re: a nuclear of biological attack!

Check out Americablog's excellent summary of why the desperate White House spin attempting to blame this situation on the city government and state of Louisiana is so asinine. The .pdf file of the letter sent by Louisiana's Governor on August 27 (before the storm) requesting federal disaster relief is particulalry nice. Of course no one in the White House responded, they're all on their well-earned vacations.


It's also fun to read about how Condi Rice left on vacation the day after the hurricane hit, Bush went to San Diego to play guitar with country music stars at a fund raiser before he bothered visiting the Gulf Coast, and Dick Cheney is still on vacation, fueling the persistent speculation that the VP's disappearance in the last month is connected to health problems.

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  1. Samantha Says:

    That video is brilliant! Tim Russert is my hero. Thanks.

  2. Liz Says:

    I heard that Condi was shoe shopping on Madison Avenue and got shamed out of a store by several onlookers. Just a rumor, though.

  3. J. Dryden Says:

    I was shocked at Russert–he's usually one of the more "roll over and beg for a treat" interviewers when it comes to political figures. Good for him. Gotta say, Chertoff's mantra of "Never mind the blame right now–RIGHT NOW let's fix things" WAS the right thing to say. But he's saying it about a week late, which takes some of the oomph out of it. And his excuse of "What we meant when we said that we didn't expect the levees to break was that we expected them to break DURING the storm" was just so fucking laughable that I had get up and walk around the room a bit when I heard it. I think we may have this administration's version of "It depends on what the definition of 'is' is."

    On the plus side, Rehnquist's death at a time when Bush's political sway is at an all-time low means that we won't have to face the prospect of Supreme Court Justice John Ashcroft. Small mercies from the transformation of an entire city into Atlantis.

  4. Ed Says:

    Ashcroft is on the shit list, I think. And the thing about Rehnquist is that he was so conservative that it doesn't matter who replaces him. I mean, appointing some wingnut isn't going to shift the balance of the court.

    Tim Russert is usually pretty harsh. I've never noticed him pandering. But I don't watch him constantly. All I can say is that he de-balled this guy.

  5. Samantha Says:

    Yeah, I've never seen Russert pull any punches either. This interview was particularly direct, though. And good for him. It's about time someone had the guts to reveal that the emperor has no brains. Hopefully this tragic event will mark the turning of the tide of idiotic public support for the moron in the oval office and all his tailors as well.

    By the way, where's Cheney? Anyone seen him in the last month?

  6. J. Dryden Says:

    Well, if you go to dailyhowler.com, there's a fairly comprehensive catalogue of the kind of Russert-behavior that I referred to. He certainly rolled over for Bush in his last interview–though compared to Sean Hannity, he was Edward R. Murrow–and there's a tendency for him to accept talking points as the SUBJECT of the interview, which allows the admininstration to make their response to the issue, rather than the issue itself, the subject of discussion, a subtle but rather crucial shift of focus.

    But I don't mean to slam Russert–he's by no means the worst of the bunch–and, as I say, I think in this case he was great–and I think he's indicative of a cheering trend, starting with the Rove fiasco, of the press finally getting around to realizing that it's their job to call "bullshit" on the lies and 'spin' on both sides, rather than to regurgitate it and ask for seconds.

    As for Cheney, he stood to one side when Bush made yet another embarassing "OK, So Maybe This Is Really Kind Of Worse Than I Originally Said" speech in the Rose Garden, so he's off the ranch and back in Washington, and one of his aides announced that he'd be ready to appear at a fundraiser for a GOP Senatorial candidate in the near future–and thank God for that, really, because *that's* what the country needs from its leaders…