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August 02, 2004
Over. The. Edge.

The Right Wing just astounds me sometimes.

With a bit of judicious re-arrangement of the text, we could be back in the 90s.

You know how Republicans hate Clinton now? How will they hate him when they lose to him on November 2 by three or four percentage points?

One of the political commentators I admire most for his astuteness said yesterday that the paroxysm of hatred the Republicans have been indulging for the last six months is the worst American political delusion he has seen in his entire life.

What will it be like -- if after all this hatred, all this effort, all those millions upon millions of dollars spent to express disdain, contempt, and hate -- Clinton wins again, flashes a victory symbol over his head, grins, strides around shaking hands, glows with exuberance and radiance?

I'm serious. That could have completely been written before Clinton's second November victory, couldn't it?

Anyhow. The article, which I can't really recommend, goes on to say that Democrats out of power and cut off from the government money mill they live to milk, are sad, hopeless creatures.

In addition, they respond nobly to Kerry's request for a clean campaign. Their list of reasons the Democracts will be limp toast in November:

#1 - No one -- neither his colleagues nor his wife nor his supporters nor he himself -- has anything good to say about John Kerry.

That's not only blatantly untrue, it's just stupid. Attack someone's policies or their beliefs or their votes, but not this.

#2 - The Democratic elite sitting in convention cannot present themselves as they are to the American people, but must stifle their deepest feelings, be silent about their most passionate aims, and hide their turbulent loathing of George Bush Republicans (lest it frighten independents with its ferocity).

Okay, I know I mentioned Kerry's wooing of the "moderate Republican" vote, but that was five minutes out of a 40-minute speech. It stuck out because it was the only thing in his speech that didn't get rousing applause. (And women's rights were first up in his speech, IIRC) Also? Bush-loathing wasn't missing from the evening, quite the contrary. And, my fantasies aside, no one expected to hear, "we'll be out of Iraq by Valentine's Day. We didn't want Bush's elective war, but we're not going to shy from cleaning up his mess.

3. Democrats must hide from the public what they truly think about evangelicals, fundamentalists, and Catholics. They express these thoughts mostly among themselves.

If your new "strategy" for the Right includes pretending there are no class differences or problems with education (in the futile hope that no one will notice how your party has exacerbated class problems and trashed education), I guess you have to fall back on this kind of thing.

4. John Kerry looks sillier in the pale blue NASA rabbit suit than Michael Dukakis did in a tank.

Okay, I feel better now. I hadn't realized this was a joke column.

Anyhow, after much pointless babbling it goes on to say that god is going to take note of Bush's courage and re-elect him. Presumably the Supreme Court sent a note excusing themselves from involvement this time around.

And I guess that "clean campaign" thing didn't take in the Republican camp.

[Reports] indicate they will also directly attack Mr Kerry, trying to divert attention from what they say was his brief, four-month tour in Vietnam 30 years ago. This will culminate with the Republican convention in New York at the end of the month in which Mr Kerry will be portrayed as a flip-flopping object of humor and derision.

And, reading on, we find this bit of stupidity:

In another sign of the aggressive stance being taken by Republicans, Democrats who signed up to hear Vice-President Dick Cheney speaking at a rally in New Mexico on Saturday were refused tickets unless they signed a pledge to endorse President Bush.

I pledge to endorse his candidacy for third assistant dogcatcher in his Connecticut hometown. Is that what you mean?

Enough about Bush, except to say that the Bush re-election campaign blatantly manipulating the country, the world, and the war just to keep themselves in power is not only disgusting, but just the fact that they're that kind of person is enough to tell us they shouldn't be in office.

Before I leave the campaign trail, I should tell you that I'll probably spend a lot of my spare time this week reading the book, so blogging may be light.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:58 AM


Of course I couldn't resist following the link you started with. I found the following about the author:

(He)is the winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for progress in religion and the George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute

That figures, somehow.

Posted by: Bengt O. at August 2, 2004 09:30 AM

Bengt - I thought you were on vacation? Nice to see you!

I saw the attribution for the article, but I decided that the article was silly on a lot more levels than just the usual, "look at the absense of 'Christian' charity in this one" angle.

Posted by: Anne at August 2, 2004 02:44 PM