Report of Bush’s demise highly exaggerated

Mark Morford, who writes a periodic column for the San Francisco Chronicle that is highly consistent with San Francisco’s political ethos, recently gloated about George Bush’s imminent downfall. In the paragraph imagining Bush’s departure from the White House, he manages to cram in every anti-Bush stereotype and nasty attack, short of (for reasons unknown) that Bushitler smear:

It is now safe to imagine. It is now becoming increasingly easy to actually dare to think that, in less than one year’s time, Dubya will begin packing his bags, jamming into his SpongeBob duffel his map-of-the-world coloring book, English-to-English translation dictionaries, mangled pocket edition of the U.S. Constitution, Bibleman action figure set and a “Mission Accomplished!” sweatshirt, and heading off to face his destiny as one of the bleakest, most morally repellent chapters in all of American history.

Poor Morford! It turns out that Bush may not quite retreat in the ignominious fashion he imagines. Grudgingly, and with a million caveats, the WaPo acknowledges that Bush is doing pretty well right now:

The war in Iraq seems to have taken a turn for the better and the opposition at home has failed in all efforts to impose its own strategy. North Korea is dismantling its nuclear program. The budget deficit is falling. A new attorney general has been confirmed despite objections from the left.

After more than two years of being buffeted by one political disaster after another, President Bush and his strategists think they may finally be getting back at least a bit of their footing. While still facing enormous challenges, from the crisis in Pakistan to the backlash over children’s health care, they hope Bush has arrested his downward spiral and established a better foundation for the remainder of his time in office.

What I particularly love in Peter Baker’s reluctant little column is the way he tries to spin why Bush is looking good:

In many ways, the shifting political fortunes may owe as much to the absence of bad news as to any particular good news. No one lately has been indicted, botched a hurricane relief effort or shot someone in a hunting accident. Instead, pictures from Iraq show people returning to the streets as often as they show a new suicide bombing.

Did you get that?  Bush isn’t really looking good.  It’s just that bad things have stopped happening and good things are starting to happen instead that makes him look good.  There is no connection between the two.  Repeat:  there is no connection.

You can read the rest of Baker’s article here, but just keep in mind as you read it that the improvements in Iraq, the falling budget deficit, North Korea’s backing down, etc., have nothing to do with the policies George Bush has doggedly pursued for so many years, despite the relentless naysaying from the MSM and the Democrats.  It’s all a coincidence.  When you go to the voting booths in November next year, do not think “Bush/Republicans.”  Wipe your mind of those thoughts.

I trust I’ve made myself clear.

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  1. Al says

    There is a note in today’s American Thinker that Iran will have enough weapons grade uranium in one year to make a nuclear device. Presumably, this is Bush’s fault. If he had not called Iran part of the “Axis of Evil”, Iran would not have felt the need to build a nuke. I think I’ll re-read Revelations.

  2. Danny Lemieux says

    It is kind of fun to speculate what the world will look like by next summer. Things are happening so fast. Here’s hoping that my Liberal/Left relatives don’t go into deep depression.

  3. Ellie says

    If you hated Bush, it might get even worse. Referring to Rudy:

    “This is one dangerous man: it’s George Bush with brains,” wrote Michael Tomasky, editor of the Guardian Online.

  4. Al says

    I can’t leave this one alone. Bush is an intelligent conservative who is consistent. Rudy is an intelligent conservative who is consistent and also learned from Madison Avenue. He can educate the electorate. And the Libs are right. Rudi is their worst nightmare. Ya gota give him moola!

  5. Ellie says

    Al, you misunderstand: I am a Rudy supporter (with cash as well as my vote in a Feb 5 Primary).

    I have been giggling with glee as the “pundits” get more and more crazy as Rudy’s lead continues to hold. They keep telling themselves “this cannot be happening!” The Guardian is practically apoplectic over it.

  6. Ellie says

    PS: Rudy’s great strength, in my opinion, is as a communicator — and his practiced skill with the media. And he loves the limelight, so he won’t be hiding out from the press, either.

  7. zhombre says

    I’m with you, Ellie. I was for Rudy before Rudy declared his candidacy. If he gets the Republican nomination and is elected, the left like Rabelais’ English scholar will piss vinegar with rage. Heads will burst at the NY Times and the ACLU. The cicadas of the left will seque from Bushitler to Mussogiuliani quicker than it takes a latte to boil. It will be great fun.

  8. Tap says

    “There is no connection between the two. Repeat: there is no connection.”

    Of course not. There was no connection between what Reagan did and the fall of the Soviet Union either.


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