Smoke gets in your eyes
Remember Rosemary Woods? Perhaps I should give my customary sigh and ask if you're even old enough to remember Richard Nixon's secretary who, as she claimed was dextrous enough 'accidentally' to erase a potentially incriminating tape seven times! that was long before e-mail but she gave many months of material to the comedians of the mid 70's when Republicans were heavy handed thugs and bungling burglars as well as ordinary liars, crooks and cheats. The psychotic religious mystics and professional manipulators came later. Somehow we became inured to such executive chicanery by the time the Bush White house lost some 22 million e-mails. Losing data was part of the nature of things said Darryl Issa, and how "shameful" of the Democrats to whine about it.
They've become so smooth, of course, that we no longer hear the tables turn and turn they do and the White House press secretary nor any Democrat can dismiss the whole lame story by saying "we screwed up" and get away with it. Once again, it's the old Republican refrain "It's OK when we do it" and of course, making a bombastic fuss about e-mails is a convenient diversion from the fact that there really is no evidence of any scandal. Sad to say, too many people still see fires when the sleazemeisters light their smokescreens.
It works so well that all the smoke about Benghazi has obscured the fact that the ten embassy attacks and 60 dead during the Bush/Cheney years have disappeared from the American consciousness, even now that the elderly warmongers have risen once again like Nosferatu from his foetid coffin, seeking to spill more American blood. Does anyone have a stake?
I'm tempted to write my Democratic senator to suggest a new national anthem: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. I've always liked the tune.
(Cross-posted from Human Voices.)