January 14, 2004


At last -- a cautious, dispassionate, thoughtful analysis of George W. Bush’s presidency, from a liberal viewpoint. This is exactly the sort of thing voters will respond to in an election year. Via National Review.

Meanwhile feminist Phyllis Chesler writes:

I will vote for a Republican for the first time in my life. I will be voting for George W. Bush in the next election. 

Find out why.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 14, 2004 09:51 PM

What, no images of massed Nazi hordes marching under the Brandenburg Gate?

C'mon, I thought there was a quota in place that meant there HAD to be at least one Nazi image in every anti-Republican campaign.

Posted by: The Mongrel at January 14, 2004 at 09:55 PM

Please post a drink alert next time thanks Tim. I lost a goodly portion of this evening's beer frenzy out my nose after this finished loading.
"Flatulent arrogant pusbag" is a first-rate insult. As is describing someone's IQ as commensurate of a "wet sock and a mud brick".
Why it didn't finish of going NA-NA-NA-NA-NAAH is a clear error of judgement.

Posted by: Chief Bastard at January 14, 2004 at 10:40 PM

Hey! It convinced me. I just didn't understand the fundamental logic and facts before. I was such a fool.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at January 14, 2004 at 11:28 PM

Heh, I assumed it was a parody of liberal stupidity until I actually checked the rest of the site.

Posted by: Russell at January 15, 2004 at 12:36 AM

Re: Phyllis Chesler's article

My wife grew up in a strong Democratic household but was herself apolitical. Her grandfather was the quintessential New Deal Democrat and her father and mother only voted Democratic. It was all they knew; and they didn't know anyone else who voted Republican either.

Last summer, my wife contributed to a political party for the first time in her life -- the Republican Party. Her father doesn't discuss politics seriously anymore and her mother votes straight Republican, reflecting a seachange in our state where the state house went from 55-45 Democratic to 60-40 Republican in *one* election cycle. Her grandfather, sadly, has gone the way of most New Deal Democrats and we visit his gravesite periodically.

And here I always thought that politics in the U.S. was about *winning* elections. There is at least one major party that appears to disagree...

Posted by: Tongue Boy at January 15, 2004 at 01:47 AM

Your first link in this post brings me to a black/otherwise blank page. Has something been removed? Or is my Safari browser not up to the task?

Posted by: Glenda at January 15, 2004 at 02:05 AM

Do grown-ups actually fall for that kind of stuff? Compare that to Dr. Chesler's article and it's clear that a lot of people have left their brains on the shelf when it comes to evaluating Pres. Bush and the US.

Posted by: Ess at January 15, 2004 at 02:42 AM


Your copy of Safari works better than mine, or perhaps you are using a junk filter?

Posted by: Mr. Davis at January 15, 2004 at 02:48 AM


It's still there; it shows up fine in my Safari.

Posted by: Brian Tiemann at January 15, 2004 at 10:40 AM

Looks *fine* if you could call it that in Opera.

Posted by: Chief Bastard at January 15, 2004 at 11:01 AM

Glenda: I imagine you have to have the latest Flash installed.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 15, 2004 at 11:14 AM

Interesting article as Chesler describes a well-known and rather ridiculous tendency amongst some progressives; that is, to support anything as long as it is in opposition to the west. It is, of course, the luxury we have when we don't live anywhere near the things we romanticise. A little pragmatism never goes astray in life or in political analysis, I think. Although pragmatism doesn't necessarily have to lead to voting Republican.


Posted by: Darlene at January 15, 2004 at 03:33 PM