Nation's butchest mag v. Bush pt. II

It all started with Social Security didn't it? Despite his "political capital" the president just couldn't summon the strength to push it through. The plan died, quietly, in its sleep.

Then there was Terri Schiavo to calm the radical religious set (and probably signaling the end of Frist, the ineffectual senate majority leader to boot).

Fast forward to the waking of public opinion -- and thus intra-party dissent -- on Iraq, symbolized by the flip-flop of congressman Freedom Fries but culminating in the burgeoning of the Generals v. Rumsfeld club for men.

Sprinkle in some Abramoff and DeLay corruption to go with Duke Cunningham, the Ohio coingate scandal, the convictions in the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal (and the recent revelations that there were phone calls to the White House during it), and last but most certainly not least: Plamegate -- which is ongoing. If you think Fitzgerald's done stealing headlines, you got another thing coming.

In a brand new editorial, notes Steve Clemons, Field & Stream -- the nation's 9th least gay magazine -- once again took the Bush administration to task.

After learning that Bush's Interior Secretary Gale Norton is counting artificial golf hazards as wetlands in order to fudge the numbers, F&S's Bob Marshall writes:


Researchers long ago established that natural wetlands such as marshes, swamps and prairie potholes are far more productive than even the best-designed artificial wetlands. And sharp-edged water bodies like water hazards, farm ponds, and even reservoirs offer very little for wildlife. Putting man-made ponds in the same class as natural wetlands is like ranking pen-raised quail with wild coveys.
The analogy means little to me but I trust it's a sharp-edged one for the magazine's readers. He continues:
The boldness of Norton's claim was particularly galling given the Bush Administration's record on wetlands. President Bush, like other presidents before him, promised a policy of "no net loss" of wetlands, but his administration has consistently supported rollbacks of the Clean Water Act to satisfy industry and development.
(WashingtonNote)

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