Jon Chait Watch

JON CHAIT WATCH….When we last left him, Jon Chait was explaining the roots of George Bush’s governing philosophy:

Bush’s [domestic] political successes all have three main elements in common….The first is massive partisan discipline…. Element No. 2 is massive giveaways to well-organized lobbies…. The third element is ? how should I put it? ? lying.

So how’s he doing with Hurricane Katrina? Let’s take it by the numbers:

  1. Massive partisan discipline. Check.

  2. Massive giveaways. Check.

  3. Massive lying. Check. Check. Check.

It looks like Karl Rove has recovered from his kidney stone surgery and is back in the saddle. From here on out, it should be smooth sailing.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation