Extremely well put

Instapundit on Wal-Mart

You know, to me Wal-Mart is a lot like George W. Bush. It’s not that I’m that big a fan in the abstract, really, it’s just that the viciousness and stupidity revealed in its enemies tends to make me view it more favorably than I otherwise would.

Which says it exactly right. For someone I didn’t vote for and for a place I rarely go (and when I do, it’s usually because of the hours, and not the price) I’ve spent a fair amount of time defending both. Ditto for the pro-lifers. Hmmm.

5 comments

  1. I’m not going to read the whole thing, but this doesn’t make sense to me.

    “the viciousness and stupidity revealed in its enemies tends to make me view it more favorably than I otherwise would.”

    How is that any different anywhere? No matter how much sense the Republicans ever make, I’ll always remember how they behaved in the Clinton administration, which was with viciousness and stupidity. So now that they’re in charge they’re somehow more mature than they were when they were not? That’s moronic. It’s all the same group as far as character is concerned, being on top or bottom won’t make you a better person.

    Who’s mind would it blow to find out that Bush’s adversary’s are depicted in a way to create sympathy for our leader?

    I’m not even going to try and understand feeling bad for Wal-Mart.

    -Nick

  2. My point being that it’s interesting how the antagonist affects how a third party perceives the protagonist.

    As for Walmart, it’s actually a matter of feeling favorably about them, when otherwise I would have no opinion.

  3. I suppose it’s interesting. It’s a really old tactic.

    Wal-Mart can do what it wants at this point as long as it tries to abide by the rules. I may need a greater job before I know it.

    -Nick

  4. I don’t think it’s really a tactic, more of a reflection of a worldview.

    For instance, I’m reflexively against anyone who uses the term “reproductive freedom”, or for that matter, Cynthia Tucker’s “law abiding illegal immigrants”. Words should mean things, and I think that irritates me more than most people. For other people it’s the use of words that have racist of sexist implications. I suppose the reflex is against the style, not the content.

    And “Greater Job”?

  5. Greeter is what I meant to type.

    I meant tactic in the realm of salesmen/confidence men. Setting yourself up to appear worthy of sympathy from those who despise you. It’s an oldie.

    -Nick

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