George Lakoff, the political guru who wields cognitive linguistics as an analytical weapon, has written extensively about what you might call tough-love conservatism and how the mental framework of tough love (theoretically) dominates hard-core conservatives’ thinking and their behavior toward others.
It’s about time they started applying it to their Child King.
The lead sentence in a New York Times piece must have caused nationwide, there-he-goes-again ruptures of laughter sprinkled throughout long spasms of dismay: “President Bush … vowed today to find out what went wrong in the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.”
That would be the federal response to an expected disaster. That would be a 9/11-style investigation into another disaster compounded by yet more federal screw-ups - before, during and after - which the president “vowed” years ago would never again take place on his watch. He would investigate, he would get to the bottom of it, he would take all necessary precautions and make the necessary corrections to see that the precautions were honored.