Bush boozing and Brown returns...

Yes, BIIIIIG caveat: the National Enquirer is involved. So grain of salt and all that.


Atrios points to two separate bits of info that, taken together, make you shrug, nod a bit and say: "weeelllll, maybe..."

First there's the astonishing announcement as Deanna posted earlier, that Bush's Arabian Horseman Michael "Brownie" Brown has returned to FEMA -- as a consultant.

But why risk the political capital as you're still recovering from Katrina fallout?

Makes a ton of sense if you give credence to this, from Jane Hamsher:

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

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