I previously linked to Joshua Micah Marshall’s observations about the weird way that the official Bush (re-)election site likes to run photos of Kerry, and Reagan, and pretty much anyone but George W. Bush (Running away from Bush). Well, I was curious what was up over at that official Bush site, so I checked it out this morning, and guess what? They’ve found a new way not to display Bush’s image on their top-level page. They do it by showing pictures of Laura.
Now, as with Bush’s inability to pronounce the name of the prison at the heart of the ongoing scandal threatenting to undo his presidency, I feel kind of weird even paying attention to this. I mean, it’s trivial, I realize.
But there it is. I don’t think it’s possible to construe this as an accident at this point. The Bush campaign, seriously, deliberately, repeatedly, is choosing not to put their candidate’s face on the home page of their official campaign site.
What does that say? I don’t mean that in a snarky, ‘what a miserable failure is Bush’ way. I mean it seriously. I want to know. What does that say? Why is that happening? What is the logic behind it? I mean, it has to be on purpose, right?
If large swaths of the net take notice and talk about it, will it change? They must be aware that it’s being talked about already, and it’s only a matter of time before the print media calls attention to it. What if they start getting questions about it in televised press briefings? Will they stop doing it at that point? Or will they just pretend the question is beneath their notice, and continue?
It’s a loose tooth, and I can’t stop poking at it. It’s weird. And I like weird.