Healing the Wounds

HEALING THE WOUNDS….The Washington Post notes today that George Bush’s visit to Ground Zero on Sunday “left aside the partisan rancor” we’ve all become so familiar with since shortly after 9/11. Mike Tomasky chuckles mordantly at this and points to the picture on the right as evidence that the Post apparently doesn’t understand modern electoral politics very well. In case you don’t get it either, here’s the fourth paragraph of the Post piece:

Accompanied by Gov. George E. Pataki (R), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and former mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)….

That’s a lot of R’s in that picture, isn’t it? Bush and his handlers understand very well that pictures are everything these days, and even on a day like this they’d rather have their big toes cut off than include New York’s two Democratic senators in a ceremony where cameras are rolling.

These guys just don’t know when to quit. It’s enough to make you ill.