From Tucker Carlson’s blog
If Bush ends up being right about Iraq, it will be through luck and accident and God’s grace, not through any skillful calculation of his own. Success there will make him a great president the way Powerball makes crackheads rich: they have the money to show for it, but they’re not fooling anyone.
I don’t quite agree with this, largely in that I don’t think the current endeavor is something that can be done well. It’s quite the zinger though.
One of Bush’s more useful qualities (for him) is the ability to draw the right enemies. Just as Clinton excelled at drawing out the right wing crazies, Bush draws out the left, and internationally to boot. This CNN article, Mugabe, Chavez slam U.S. at U.N. event came as no surprise. While it is not necessarily a good thing to be hated by people recreating Stalin’s Ukrainian horror from the 30s, it certainly SEEMS like a good thing.
They begin in tragedy and end in farce.
Joan Baez performs for Crawford War protesters.
While there are many actual events happening (see Michael Yon and a A Day in Iraq for more), here in America we concetrate more on aging baby boomer nostalgia, taking the form of listing ways that Iraq is similar to Vietnam (oddly never comparing it to the Philippines, where we also fought a Muslim insurgency.). We’re also careful to take note of both opinion polls and posturing, specifically this article which had the quote:
The protesters at “Camp Casey” can claim some victory for forcing Bush to talk so extensively about the military deaths when he’d rather focus on indicators of progress in Iraq. The campers’ call to bring the troops home now dominated news coverage out of Crawford this week while Bush stayed on his ranch with no public events.
A fixed date withdrawal deadline vs a benchmark withdrawal deadline? Can we live with Hyper-federalism or an Islamic republic in Iraq? How far are we willing to go to capture bin Laden, and what if we’re wrong? What kind of error rate in military endeavors are we willing to live with?
All these things pale in comparison to such gripping matters as the exact verbiage of a speech and who is on vacation.
Jesse Walker, in a recent article in Reason
But if you haven’t forgotten it completely, I’d like you to think back to that last week before the ballot, when many Democrats honestly believed that the polls were undercounting the “youth vote” and that this invisible demographic was going to put them over the top. Pretend, just as an exercise, that this fantasy really happened, and that a bunch of cell-phone-wielding kids elected John Kerry last November. Imagine that for the last six months, the Republicans have been searching their souls and spinning their wheels, trying to find out how they can get those fledgling voters for themselves.
One faction would claim that the best way to appeal to the young would be to muzzle every prominent Republican with a track record of appealing to the old. Another group would argue that the GOP needs to change itself more deeplythat it has to adopt youthful concerns as its own, just as soon as it figures out what those youthful concerns might be.
Yet another would insist the Republicans are already young and hip, and that the trick is to frame their message so the kids will understand this. They’d propose ads announcing that Karl Rove sends text messages, that Dick Cheney knows some real live lesbians, and that W. may be versed in the use of powders, wink wink; that running huge deficits is risky, just like snowboarding, and that Bush’s favorite judges are totally extreme.
He also raises the Mother Jones quote of “worse than conservatives’ pretense of moral superiority is liberals’ pretense of superiority to morals.”
He omits the media creating, and the Dems going along with, this whole artificial demographic of “Evangelical” and “People of Faith” when the perfectly good term “very religious” would do, but on the whole, a very good summation, of this whole crass endeavor.
I found these old pictures on the cell phone so I figure I’ll tell the story about them for prosperity.
Sometime last October Mark and I were out riding around downtown, afterwards we go to Moes’ in Ansley. After we come out (this is in probably the most left-leaning neighborhood in a very Democratic city) we see this bumper sticker,
which really stood out in terms of humor and originality. All the other bumper stickers (on around 90% of cars) were fairly juvenile and stale.
We exchanged a good chuckle and I took the picture (note reflection).
Up comes a large steroidal guy who sees me taking the picture and goes “You want to see a good bumper sticker, look at this one”. We then go to his car and he has this one.
He then mistook my saying “That’s pretty good too” (which it is) for “Elaborate on the topic. Tell me all your feelings on immigration and how your background informed your opinion; don’t omit anything. Go back generations in your family if you have to but make sure I understand your position completely.”
Which he did for the next 20 minutes or so.