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is jumping all over Bush's newfound enthusiasm for peace:

Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president.
What interested me more was this line:
"I'm not a lawyer, you'll be happy to hear," Bush said to cheers. "That's the other team...."
As much as I hate my former profession, I feel compelled to say something.

I know you're not a lawyer, George. That's exactly the problem.

Lawyers (at least all the ones I know) actually read newspapers; they don't have their news pre-digested and spoon fed to them by sycophantic toadies. Lawyers don't make decisions by skimming "executive summaries". Lawyers are taught early in their careers that they have to look at the evidence on the other side of the case. They are taught to face that evidence, and if that evidence is overwhelming, they have enough sense to fold up, settle the case, or plead the client out.

They don't just pretend that everything will be wonderful, and do what they want anyway. (Ok, speaking from experience as a criminal defense lawyer, sometimes our clients force us to do what we don't want, but basically, we don't pretend that everything's going to be hunky dory, like you did. We prepare to take our lumps, knowing that tomorrow's another day and (hopefully) another case.)

You're really forcing me to regret that you were too stupid to get your sorry ass into your goddamned state law school, even though you were a rich kid from a politically prominent family. Because if you'd been a lawyer, George, you wouldn't be such a miserable failure as President.

Len on 07.21.04 @ 11:53 AM CST


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on Wednesday, July 21st, 2004 at 10:08 PM CST, Mad Kane said

Bravo! A well stated defense of the legal profession and pointed put-down of Dubya.

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