Remember Him?

Bush’s State of the Union address featured national security and the war on terror as one of his major topics, and he never mentioned Osama Bin Laden once. He has co-opted Iraq so successfully into the W on T that hardly anybody even calls him on it anymore.

If I didn’t have a personal stake in matters like, oh, say, the fate of our country, I might be able to step back and marvel at the way that he’s managed to bully the terms of the narrative to his liking and have the media and a good chunk of the electorate trot along behind. It’s a triumph of mass manipulation. As it is, though, I don’t marvel — I just grit my teeth and hope for the best in November.