Bush: All Hat and No Saddle
“To Dad and his friends, the cowboy code was sacred and absolute. Guys who spend weeks out in the wilderness with large quantities of other people’s capital have to be trustworthy, honest, and self-sufficient. You screw up, you fess up. You take on a responsibility, you see it through to the end. You are awe-struck by women, tender with children, and hospitable to strangers as long as they’re hospitable to you. You don’t start fights — but you better be able to finish them.”
Her Dad referred to phonies like Bush as “All hat and no saddle.”
And when we’re finally clear on what a cowboy is and is not, it’ll be all too clear to everyone that George Bush is not. He’s just a two-bit drugstore shitkicker in a too-big hat, rough in the saddle and mean as a rattler on a hot day to boot. He’s a little boy playing dress-up: fighter pilot, baseball player, astronaut, Commander-in-Chief, cowboy. Most people know he’s a pathetic wannabee when he’s playing the first four roles; but not enough of us understand what a fraud he is when he’s wearing that cowboy persona, too.”
Her post is both poignant and scathing and worth the read.