Brian Linse makes the case that President Bush is tainted by his association with the Enron crowd. Says Brian
Regardless of what illegal shenanigans the Enron boys may or may not have gotten up to in the past, Bush will and should be judged for having such a miserable scumbag as a close friend and supporter.
 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
 And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
In short, if I refused to judge Bill Clinton by his disreputable friends, I cannot judge George Bush by his.
UPDATE: Apparently, Brian drew a fair bit of disagreement. I'm never comfortable aligning myself with Clinton-bashers, but I gotta call 'em as I see 'em.
For the record, I quoted the same Bible verses to the Clinton hater I sparred with back then. I suppose that's a stronger rhetorical device when dueling with Republicans, but oh well. My point in making that citation was that I believe the tactic of attacking a person by attacking that person's associates can be used against anyone, regardless of their degree of actual guilt.
I do understand the point Brian is making, and perhaps I'm just splitting hairs, since there's no question that Dubya's friendship with Lay is closely entwined with their business and political dealings. I still believe that we should be examining Bush's actions, and that anything else is misdirection.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 23, 2002 to Enronarama | TrackBack