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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Exodus, Washington Style

posted by Jazz at 11/06/2004 11:04:00 AM


Then the LORD said, "I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Per'izzites, the Hivites, and the Jeb'usites.
- Exodus, 3 - 7,8

Back in the good old days of vengeful Gods and righteous indignation, when the All Powerful got angry, He just began smiting people. (Smiting was very big in biblical times.) Plagues of locusts and floods were your portion if you enraged the Big Guy. George W. Bush doesn't have the power to call down swirling pillars of fire or part Lake Erie, but he can still call for a pox on the houses of the disloyal. And as Mr. Left points out today, the disloyal have gotten the message loud and clear. The Exodus out of the Bush administration is gearing up to start before Thanksgiving.

As he reports, in the next couple of weeks we can expect to see John Ashcroft taking a powder, followed in short order by Colin Powell, Condi Rice, Tom Ridge, Dick Armitage John Snow. In all fairness, some of these people (most notably Condi) will probably be moving to different, and one would presume, better positions in the administration, not leaving. There has been a lot of speculation that Rice will be the Secretary of State after Powell bows out.

It's going to be interesting to see what fresh new faces take these important positions. More moderate, or further to the right? More obedient parrots of the Bush Doctrine, or more independent thinkers who challenge the conventional theocratic wisdom? Stay tuned, folks. The election may be over, but the ride is far from done.