Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Casey at the Bat

I certainly had no intention of writing anything about the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. His short and troubled tenure will simply be remembered as a sad anecdote to a failed Presidency.

But, as I did my usual morning surfing of the blogosphere I was awestruck at the rejoicing on the left for this "victory."

It seems that any arrow piercing the heart of the Bush team is a source for rejoicing. We got one. Hooray for our team!

And, in that limited sense,
Bush was tragically correct in his short statement yesterday, "It's sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons."

Now lets face facts. Gonzales was in way over his head. His performance before Congress was an embarrassment. He needed to resign. In fact, Bush should have fired him.

On the other hand, the Democrats endless hearings on the perfectly legal replacement of the eight federal prosecutors was a sham from beginning to comic end. Gonzales should have hit that one out of the park. Instead he muffed the ball.


But, the absolute glee surrounding his departure is so absurd to be silly. You would think Kos had personally assassinated Attila the Hun. Or that Arianna Huffington had captured Osama Bin Laden using only ecologically friendly recycled paper clips.

I'm reminded of Garrison Keillor's brilliant parody of the (also very brilliant) Ernest Thayer's classic poem, written in 1888,
Casey at the Bat. Keillor finally gave the opponents of the "Mudville Nine" a name, Dustburg. And he retold the story in biting satire from the opponents point of view.

To all too many of Bush's opponents this is simply a game. It's the ninth inning and Gonzales has struck out. And while Bush weeps in tiny Mudville for the lose of his team mate, there is great rejoicing throughout Dustburg.

And so I give you the final five stanza's of Keillor's great satire. You can read his entire poem here:
Casey at the Bat (Road Trip Version).


He swung so hard his hair fell off and he toppled in disgrace
And the Dustburg catcher held the ball and the crowd tore up the place,
With Casey prostrate in the dirt amid the screams and jeers
We threw wieners down at him and other souvenirs.

We pounded on the dugout roof as they helped him to the bench,
Then we ran out to the parking lot and got a monkey wrench
And found the Mudville bus and took the lug nuts off the tires,
And attached some firecrackers to the alternator wires.

We rubbed the doors and windows with a special kind of cheese
That smells like something died from an intestinal disease.
Old Casey took his sweet time, but we were glad to wait
And we showered him with garbage as the team came out the gate.

So happy were the Dustburg fans that grand and glorious day,
It took a dozen cops to help poor Casey away,
But we grabbed hold of the bumpers and we rocked him to and fro
And he cursed us from inside the bus, and gosh, we loved it so!

Oh sometimes in America the sun is shining bright,
Life is joyful sometimes, and all the world seems right,
But there is no joy in Dustburg,
no joy so pure and sweet
As when the mighty Casey fell, demolished, at our feet.

3 comments:

Vigilante said...

You still don't get it, Wiz. Baseball is a game. It's played by rules. Government in the American experience, should also be by the rules. But not under Bush and Cheney, who have methodically ignored and undermined Constitutional and statutory limits. You are attributing Gonzo's fall from grace as a symptom of politics? You are parroting Bush's own words, like the loyal Republican you are. The fact of the matter is that for Karl Rove - Bush's Brain - there is no difference between politics and policies. So when the world complains about policies of this criminal gang, and you say it's politics, I say, have another swig of your kool-aide.

the WIZARD, fkap said...

vigilante.... I appreciate your views... but I strongly disagree...

You'll note that my essay today fully condemned Gonzales and indicated he should have been fired. Gonzales wasn't the subject of the article... just a sad side note. The subject of my criticism is a group of the left wing that rejoices at failure.

All too many entires in blogs yesterday and today read exactly like Keillor's poem:

".....we showered him with garbage as the team came out the gate.

So happy were the Dustburg fans that grand and glorious day,

It took a dozen cops to help poor Casey away,

But we grabbed hold of the bumpers and we rocked him to and fro

And he cursed us from inside the bus, and gosh, we loved it so!

Oh sometimes in America the sun is shining bright,

Life is joyful sometimes, and all the world seems right,

But there is no joy in Dustburg, no joy so pure and sweet

As when the mighty Casey fell, demolished, at our feet."

Vigilante said...

I was conscious that I left off a point, Wiz, as I signed off.

I was going to mention that the mistake many Americans make is that this current Administration is just 'politics' and that those of us who oppose it are motivated by just 'politics'. The Bush cabal is a crime family. They have placed into power elements which are alien to the American way of life. Therefore, every element of this imperial and imperious government which is peeled off and tossed ignominiously into the dustbin of history provides a moment to be celebrated. It's Bush's weakness, not Gonzo's failings. That's the whole point.