The Transfiguration

When Bush led the Grand Old Party
against Senator Kerry
His agenda was Glorious
His ideas were Aflame.
Two Themes appeared:
“Ownership! Security!”
These Things were his Signs.
The Party’s Hope!
His Legislation!
Majorities that Could Not Die!

Then there came a Word
To Ignore the Works He Promised for the Day.
Thus Hastert spoke
to build his House as a somnolent place.
A cloud appeared as grey as Doom
as dark as November defeat.
A Voice arrived, a Voice of God,
Vox Populi, Vox Dei!

What they said to them:
“These Deeds we know your Houses have not worked.
Consider what you said to us.
Consider what you’ve become.”
The Majority was put to death,
was put to death, in every district.
So keep your word
or see your works be scattered and undone.

Lost in a Day: a House: The Speaker. Our Speaker.
Lost in a Day: Senate: Upper House. Our Dear House.
Lost in a Day: a House: Our Chairmen. Our Speaker.
Lost in a Day: Senate: Upper House. Our Lost House.

from Sufjan Stevens‘ album, Seven Swans:

When he took the three disciples
to the mountainside to pray,
his countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame.
Two men appeared: Moses and Elijah came;
they were at his side.
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die.

Then there came a word
of what he should accomplish on the day.
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place.
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade.
They fell on the ground.
A voice arrived, the voice of God,
the face of God, covered in a cloud.

What he said to them,
the voice of God: the most beloved son.
Consider what he says to you, consider what’s to come.
The prophecy was put to death,
was put to death, and so will the Son.
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come.

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God

The Real Reason that Robert Gates is the new Secretary of Defense

So Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has resigned. Thomas Barnett, Igtanius Chirol, Jason Heppler, Peter Howard, Mark Levin, Michelle Malkin, Sean Meade, and others are commenting. But they are ignoring the real reason that Robert Gates is becoming the new Defense Chief

Because Gates realizes that on Saturday, November 11th, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Huskers are going to destroy Texas A&M.

Bob Gates is the woebegone President of that University — a school destined to suffer defeat at the hands of our incoming Big 12 North champion team. It’s clear what’s going on: Bob wants to put as much distance between himself and his school’s “football team” (more like soccer-playing collection-of-slackers). The Huskers are coming on. The President of A&M is gone.

Behind the scenes, I imagine Bob Gates’ desperation as his date of destiny with Big Red approached. He probably desperately called everyone he knew, looking, begging, for a job as soon as possible. Once the election was over, President Bush finally had a chance to check his voice mail and hear the wailings of a man who cannot possibly overcome Nebraska’s west coast offense.

So Bush decided to give him a job. Rumsfeld, a man of great kindness, sacrificed his own job to save Gates’ face.

I wonder if he will be taking the entire A&M squad with him as Deputy Secretaries of Defense… or will his polic of “cut & run” leave this students to their fate?


Update: Huskers 28, Texas A&M 27.