Tuesday, January 24, 2006
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A typology of glory walls
Slate's John Dickerson dissects the photos of George W. Bush with Jack Abramoff reported so breathlessly in Time. Far more important, however, is Dickerson's useful anthropological report about the hierarchy of Washington's "glory walls":
Are the photos the meaningless trinkets given out to big contributors? Or are they the meaningful trinkets that are a crucial part of the dance of influence between the White House and the lobbyists it uses to promote its agenda?
posted by Dan on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM
The Democrats are still trying to make something of this?
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.........posted by: Scott Kirwin on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM [permalink]
Thanks for your decision to run against Teddy. Where should we send our contributions?posted by: Richard Heddleson on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM [permalink]
Georges Perec has a lovely essay on the
Any Democrats on the picture bandwagon remember Johnny Chung? How about pictures like these?
Hey, here's one autographed by Hillary:
Oh! The outrage!posted by: MKL on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM [permalink]
Partisans of both parties use misleading pictures. The democrats aren't nearly as good at it, but they're starting to try.
We might find out eventually what links there are between Bush and Abramoff, but a few photos of trailers that might be mobile biological warfare plants can't hurt in the meantime. Anyway, Bush isn't running for office again.
Three years from now photos of incumbents seeking re-election shaking hands with Bush are likely to be far more embarrassing to the incumbents than photos with Abramoff are to Bush.
From the Slate article: "Jack Abramoff managed to get into at least a half-dozen photos with President George W. Bush."
That's some mighty fine question-begging.
From the above post: "reported so breathlessly in Time."
That's just garden-variety workmanlike partisan spin. The Time article is full of caveats.
Subtle hackery score: Dickerson 1, Drezner 0.posted by: rilkefan on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM [permalink]
The links are not between Bush and Abramoff, they are between Rove and Abramoff. Just remember the trio of Abramoff, Reed, and Norquist and how they interact with the congressional Republican party (Delay and Santorum) and the presidential Republican party (Rove).
posted by: Eli Rabett on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM [permalink]
Of course, there is always the Republican party at prayer, Reed, Robertson and Falwell. Sorry, forgot thatposted by: Eli Rabett on 01.24.06 at 01:22 PM [permalink]
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