No more playing cowboy
Tim Grieve in Salon's War Room makes the valid point that calling the President's lushly appointed 1,600 acre estate outside Crawford a "ranch" is not only an extreme stretch of that word's possible meaning, but also plays into Republican attempts "to make a millionaire from Yale look like some kind of workaday cowpoke."
We haven't been on the land ourselves, of course, but we hear tell that Bush isn't exactly roughing it when he's there. There's a 10,000-square-foot house built of limestone and an 11-acre manmade pond stocked with bass and other fish for the president's amusement. There's nothing wrong with that; we think the president is entitled to whatever creature comforts he can afford. And if that means he's got himself a "haven" down in Texas, as Laura Bush says, that's fine with us -- even if it sounds a little more Martha S. than George W.Considering how poorly he reacted to Rumsfeld et alii renaming the GWOT a GSAVE, I don't think the President will like having his hidey-hole called a "asylum."