So you were against the war. Fine. Do you have to be against reality? Kos comes back from a couple day vacation/business trip/hiatus and unloads with this multiple column-inch sneer:
So Bush “won” the war. At least that’s the spin from the White House and its allied Mighty Wurlitzer.
Actually, Kos- it is quite clear to everyone that the war has been won. Even Dan Rather has come to his senses, albeit belatedly. That does not mean the violence, mayhem, and confusion is over. The rebuilding will take a while, and I am sure that you will be along for the ride, with Mr. Chriac and Mr. Schoreder, doing everything you can to hamper success so that your candidate (is it Dean? Kucinich? Hart? Kerry?) has a better chance in 2004.
The last time a Bush won a war against Iraq, his approval ratings were in the 90s. This time, Bush can barely break the 70s. CBS has him at 73. NBC at 71. Newsweek at 71. Fox at 71. ABC is the most generous to Bush at 77.
So what’s going on? To hear the media talk, this was a crushing, easy, absolute, unconditional, bloodless victory. We’re told, over and over again, that they’re cheering us on the streets of Baghdad. We’re told order is being restored. We’re repeatedly told we found WMDs, quietly retracting all such statements days later.
So, what’s going on? Why aren’t Bush’s numbers higher than common sense might dictate?
Only in the fantasyland that is the core of Democrat support could 75% approval ratings be spun negatively. But, since Kos is curious, I will answer his question- why aren’t Bush’s numbers higher?
Because about 20% of the population would be incapable of saying anything good about Bush if he was able to turn water into wine, if his sweat could be used as a cure for cancer, and if he was able to solve aids, racism, give white people rhythym, provide universal health care and child support, all while balancing the budget solely on the taxes of the rich and corrupt robber barons like Enron. Then and only then, might Kos utter something nice aboutBush- but he still wouldn’t vote for him (Dean’s so much smarter- I mean- Bush just doesn’t speak very well and isn’t very smart).
That is why- 20% of the population is composed of ultra-partisan jerks who simply hate everything about Bush, and there is nothing he can do about it. And guess what, Bush and Rove know that- so I watch with joy as you and your issues get ignored- because you have made yourself IRRELEVANT. When the man does the right thing, you oppose him, shit on him, and try to marginalize his victories. Why the hell would he pay attention to you? And then you get shriller, and less appealing to the general public, and you lose another election. Your solution? Go farther left, and become more obnoxious. It’s really quite beautiful to watch. If the Democrat party was Ben Sanderson (Nick Cage) in Leaving Las Vegas, the only thing they would be pissed about is that they only had two hands and one mouth to get the vodka in. The self-destruction is impressive.
Before you know it, the base of the Democrat party is going to be voting for this guy, with the broad theme of “12 Galaxies Guiltied to A Zegnatronic Rocket Society.” Hell- that makes as much sense as everything else the Donks have been pitching at us.
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Larry Maggiti (who has a new blog you should bookmark and visit) suggests that I wrote this in an attempt to be over the top. IN part, I did. But for the most part, I did not.
You hear this a lot from Bush supporters. Those of us who don