Well, as you know, I was stuck in Computer Hell for a good chunk of the day, and the whole time, this doozy of a story was dancing in my head.
Fans of the most-excellent movie, "L.A. Confidential", you know, very well, who Rollo Tomasi is.
For those not in-the-know, he was a fictional person, created by Guy Pearce's character, Lt. Edmund Exley, to both soothe his soul, and provide him the gritty motivation for his job.
Rollo Tomasi... Rollo was a purse snatcher. My father ran into him off duty. And he shot my father six times and got away clean. No one even knew who he was. I just made the name up to give him some personality... Rollo Tomasi's the reason I became a cop. I wanted to catch the guys who thought they could get away with it. It was supposed to be about justice. Then somewhere along the way I lost sight of that
Our Court-Appointed-President (h/t Barry Crimmins) has done mountains more than stealing a purse, and he's put enough bullets in the Constitution to inspire an army of policemen.
But what he did today, using the ceremonious occasion of Israel's 60th Independence Anniversary, to pull out his head-up-his-ass, Rovian, fearmongering, smearing politics, we know we have seen just the maggot-infested depths he, The Commander Guy, is eager to sink to.
Ironically, Keith Olbermann slapped him silly last evening, golf-sacrificing interview, with Mike Allen (who is surely slated to be inducted - unanimously - into the Softball Hall of Fame), for it was nearly two-years ago (30 August 2006) Olbermann issued his first Special Comment, slapping down Rumsfeld and Cheney, for the same Nazi Appeaser bullshit.
So there was the man that uses "The Google", standing in the Israeli Knesset,
Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: "Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided." We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.This is nothing less than specious of the "Golf-less Compassionate" to pull a stunt like this.
And a double pox on the Bush Grindhouse cronies, who claim he wasn't speaking, directing his remarks at Barack Obama, not to mention nearly 70% of the nation.
We'll deal with Stumblin' Bumblin John McCain in the next day or, two, who naturally, heartily backed the comments, and we have already today, with a Garlictorial, slapped down his Sgt. Garcia, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-R, CT), who, as Steve Benen noted, predictably endorsed the Court Appointed President slimy remarks.
And, when he returns back to the Grindhouse, will he dismiss, perhaps arrest, his his Secretary of Defense and his office wife, the Secretary of State, who both have advocated talking to Iran?
Will Bunch, on his Attytood, beat me to the punch, in his great post today, on calling for what I will next.
President Bush went on foreign soil today, and committed what I consider an act of political treason: Comparing the candidate of the U.S. opposition party to appeasers of Nazi Germany -- in the very nation that was carved out from the horrific calamity of the Holocaust. Bush's bizarre and beyond-appropriate detour into American presidential politics took place in the middle of what should have been an occasion for joy: A speech to Israeli's Knesset to honor that nation's 60th birthday.
As a believer in free speech, I think Bush has a right to say what he wants, but as a President of the United States who swore to uphold the Constitution, his freedom also carries an awesome and solemn responsibility, and what this president said today is a serious breach of that high moral standard.
Today, it's a whole new ballgame. I believe this treacherous statement by a U.S. president in Israel is a signal to the Democrats in the House in Washington, that it's time to play its Constitutional role in ending this trauma, before even greater acts against the interest of America are wrongly committed in our name.
This is the price we are paying, for Nancy Pelosi, and the rest of the Congress, for not pulling out "The Table", and beginning Impeachment proceedings against Bush and Cheney, following the 2006 Mid-Term elections.
Well, there's still time, and if the Republicans are serious about giving us "The Change We Deserve", not to mention saving their own skins, they can win back a few points (after all, they have been enablers in this trampling of our country).
It will make for great summer television, not to mention, perhaps, effectively muzzling the faux Commander-in-Chief, keeping him from injecting his bile into the campaign.
What to impeach him on?
Take your pick ...
The Family Closet
Oh, yes, there was another delicious irony of the Court Appointed President's smears today.
We need to come up with a prize ... Maybe a bottle of champagne ... A week-end getaway ... Something worthwhile, for the first reporter, or other accredited media person (sorry Jeff Gannon), who asks Dana Perino, at the next White House Press Briefing, if, with the comments he made, was he speaking from personal, family history, when he cited the Nazi Appeasement?
Larisa Alexandrovna has a kick-ass post, chockfull of the dirty laundry in the Bush Family closet, namely the Court-Appointed President's Grandfather, Prescott Bush, the "All American Nazi" and the "All American Traitor".
Be sure to read Larisa's "All the President's Nazis (real and imagined): An Open Letter to Bush"
Blue Girl, from Blue Girl-Red State, also has a post on this;
We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history,” he said - apparently with a straight face - completely forgetting that exercising the Trading With the Enemy Act was even necessary because his grandfather was Hitler's banker, and continued to do business with him for eleven months after Germany declared war on his country! The money Prescott made collaborating with Nazis was used to bankroll the Bush families Texas oil ventures, and the rest, as they say, is history. Some of us, like my esteemed co-blogger, actually opened the book when we took the classes, so we know this stuff that evades Der Chimpenfuhrer.
More on Rollo Tomasi;
However, at the end he knows he must arrest Dudley but also knows Dudley is highly respected and will once again get away with it. Exley shoots him in the back, at last gaining the personal satisfaction of 'catching Rollo Tomasi'.
We still have the opportunity - and some of us believe it is the Congress's duty - to not let this real-life Rollo Tomasi, this foolish idiot, this warmongering, dishonest, lying, torture-promoting cretin get away with it.
It will bring personal satisfaction to millions-of-millions of people, all around the world.
Bonus Bush Bashing
Go out to Memeorandum for a bevy of posts on this story (and use the Archives Feature, depending on when you go there, where you can pull up articles, based by the hour)
Cliff Schecter: Joe Lieberman Joins The George W. Bush Smear Party
Marc Ambinder: Politics: Did The White House Step On McCain's Speech?
John Kerry: President Bush's Despicable Attack on Barack Obama
Mahablog: Channeling Neville Chamberlain
Brian Katulis - Wonk Room: Bush Tries To Distract From The Conservative Record On Terrorism
Think Progress: Lawmakers Respond To Bush: ‘Bullsh*t’ And ‘Malarkey’ That Is ‘Beneath The Dignity’ Of The Oval Office
John Amato - Crooks and Liars: Matthews rips right wing Talkie Kevin James because he doesn’t know who Neville Chamberlain is
Christopher Orr: The Republican Obama *Wants* to Run Against
Mark D.- Balloon Juice: Barack Obama: Kinda Like a Nazi Appeaser