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Bush's Jake LaMotta Moment

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Remember in Raging Bull when Jake LaMotta was fighting Sugar Ray Robinson for the last time? Jake was beaten to a bloody pulp. Robinson brutally hit him, repeatedly. When the ref stopped the fight, LaMotta stood, blood all over his face. Blood even dripping from the ropes. Although he was still standing, he was thoroughly defeated. He turned to Sugar Ray and said, "I never went down, Ray. You never got me down, Ray. I never went down, Ray," as though that fact mitigated his defeat.

George W. Bush has had a series of Jake LaMotta moments recently, talking defiantly to the Democrats who have defeated him. As his administration, and his life, crumbles around him, he stands in the rose garden and says, "I never went down, Nancy. You never got me down, Harry. I never went down, Democrats."

The whole world knows he has been defeated, yet he stands, bloody, trying to make us believe that it means something that he appointed the Republican fundraiser, and lying Swift Boater Sam Fox as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. Another crony who would have been rejected by the Senate, snuck in as a recess appointment.

"I appointed Sam Fox, Ray. You couldn't stop me, Ray."

He stands in the ring with boos in his ears, looking defiantly into the camera and telling us that he will veto the funding for the troops. He's still reeling from the punches, dizzy and confused. Maybe he'll never realize what's happened to him...the total rejection of his presidency.

He behaves as though these childish acts negate the series of Bush Administration scandals that have been exposed. It doesn't.

As Jake's behavior was indicative of his total denial (of everything), so is Bush's recent bully behavior. Many bullies understand when they've lost. Jake didn't. Bush doesn't.

I know it'll never happen but I wouldn't mind seeing Bush in a dark cell banging his head against the wall and shouting, "Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?"

All we can hope for is that Bush ends up running a cheap bar in Miami, where he gets up on stage every night and tells bad jokes.