Now that the turnout had been high enough to become difficult to deligitimize, some on the left will have to turn elsewhere for cynicism and criticism. Here is your challenge- Be the first to find a left-wing pundit or blogger who states some version of the following-
“It’s amazing. Bush can run an election in Iraq, but he can’t run a fair one here in the United States.”
“I don’t trust the results in Iraq. BushCo are masters at fixing elections.”
If you are giggling, it is because you know someone will say it.
As an extra challenge, look for press attempts to change the story. I just heard a reporter on MSNBC state that now the problem is that the turnout was so high that Iraqi’s don’t believe the results. I couldn’t believe my ears.
Oliver “David Brock Comfort Cushion” Willis weighed in with this: “You know, I really wish Iraq were having an honest, safe, real election. But that isn’t happening, and that’s a shame.”
Although I think Terry wins it, here’s an offering from the talking dog.
Most of the anti-war bloggers don’t seem to be saying much at all.
Steven Den Beste
How about this:
“But it is also true, alas, that no matter how the voting turns out, the prospects for genuine democracy in Iraq are increasingly grim.”
There’s a report that Saddam Hussein was heard screaming from his cell, “Whaddya mean I didn’t elected dog catcher?”
heh. That second one was left almost verbatim in the comments at Friends of Democracy…
John Kerry just acknowledged on TV that an election has taken place in Iraq. BUT, he says, now comes the difficult part. Yeah, that ‘ol election was just a piece of cake. He is a total dufus!
Steven Den Beste
Speaking of Metafilter, here’s an interesting observation by one “pyramid termite”:
“the real proof of democracy will be if the elected government demands the u s get out”
How about this from “History Professor” Juan Cole
Yeah, professor, the disgruntled former Saddamites which are only 20% of the population stay home and that “delegitamizes” the vote. Sheesh
“I’m your conquerer, and I approved this message.”
You heap scorn on Juan Cole as if any of you are experts, like he is, on the Middle East. Because you have no legitimate counterarguments to Cole’s, you resort to ad hominem attacks. You sound like a bunch of frat boys who never study and sit around drinking bad beer until you start believing your own ill-informed, juvenile opinions.
It appears the Iraqi elections were more democratic than those in Seattle or Chicago.
Jaun Cole again demonstrates why academics aren’t responsible for their rantings.
M. Scott Eiland
“It appears the Iraqi elections were more democratic than those in Seattle or Chicago.”
I suspect that will be the spin on Air Moonbat come Monday–I suspect that they will be using that as a justification to bash GWB rather than to praise the Iraqis, though.
Hey, Robby: How ’bout heppin’ the brothers here at Kappa Sig to one fuckin’ thing Juan Cole has gotten right about one fuckin’ thing. Meanwhile, we’re tappin’ the keg.
The Oct 24 2004 election in Kosovo was boycotted by the Serbs. Does this make it illegitimate too?
No, because it was the UN, not the US that was running things.
Ah, but the UN was in charge of this election as well.
You heap scorn on Juan Cole as if any of you are experts, like he is, on the Middle East. Because you have no legitimate counterarguments to Cole’s, you resort to ad hominem attacks.
What better counterargument do you need then the fact that he has been proven to be wrong time and time and time again?