Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Return of the Haters

I hate President Bush, apparently. I think he's been a bad President, and after 5 years, I don't think I'm going to see anything that's going to change my mind. The problem is, if you are a Bush supporter, I've got plenty of ammo at this time. Even if we leave aside the recent embarrassment of "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," there's plenty of other things to bring up. So if you are a supporter of President Bush like, say, David Limbaugh or Dennis Prager, what do you do?

Well, it's preferable to shift the discussion away from the President's actual performance and onto some other aspect of this discussion. Let's see what they've come up with.
"Ever since President Bush took office, liberals have been rooting from one thing to another in a frenzied quest to find that one issue, one tragedy, one scandal that would bring him down. The list is too long to recite here.

"Bush's critics treat each of these issues, in turn, as the final straw that will break the back of this abominable presidency. Everything is blown out of proportion, every possible ambiguity is resolved in President Bush's disfavor, and every possible malevolent motive is attributed to him. The most innocuous of events is treated as scandalous. Hyperbole rules. Panic prevails. Fantastic conspiracy theories triumph. Sober, balanced analysis is absent."
- David Limbaugh

"If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics." - Dennis Prager
Ah. So rather than focus on President Bush's failure to succeed, they'd rather talk about how my Bush-hatred distorts my views. This is probably smart politics. You should only sell your man when you've got something to sell, but it's never a bad idea to trash your opponents. And this form of attack makes it less likely that anybody in the middle will listen to the arguments of such unhinged people.

Very smart; but I'm not sure it's going to work. It does seem like the American people are making up their minds about President Bush, and it doesn't seem like their assessment is going the way Prager and Limbaugh would like.

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