Tuesday, September 06, 2005

A Question Answers it

It's hard to make the argument that President Bush has done well in responding to Katrina. Even charitably it's clear that President Bush has failed the citizens of New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama. So one might wonder in the face of this manifest failure, how do Bush supporters go on?

There is a great secret here.

They've trained themselves not to look at President Bush at all. Paying any attention on President Bush at all would expose his weakness as a President and a man. So they must direct their attention elsewhere.

You see when many conservatives relate to President Bush they relate to him in a very specific way. They feel like they have been held back by forces beyond their control, which they have named Liberals or Elitists or Democrats or Northerners and so on and so forth. They feel like those forces have hurt them; and they see those same forces lined up against President Bush.

So rather than focus their attention on President Bush and his heroism (which clearly doesn't exist (they don't even have the low-grade machismo of "Bring it On")), they focus on us. Because if they can't build up President Bush they can always attack liberals!

Of course, I could be wrong. And there are, of course, plenty of Conservatives who don't give a damn so long as they get their tax cut.

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