February 27, 2004


Check the intro to this Tony Jones interview with Christopher Hitchens, from last night’s Lateline:

Barely a year after the end of his emphatic military victory over Saddam Hussein in America's first Gulf War, President George Bush was roundly defeated in a general election by a young Democrat from the tiny southern state of Arkansas.

Now, after completing his father's unfinished business - going on to Baghdad to topple the Iraqi regime and finally capturing the family nemesis - President George W Bush is also facing the prospect of a stunning military victory followed by electoral defeat.

He is? Hitchens doesn’t seem so sure; here he discusses John Kerry’s campaign:

One reason I think this campaign is very lame -- it's supposed to have momentum, I wouldn't say it had much enthusiasm behind it -- he gives the impression that it's kind of his turn to be president and that he has a feeling of entitlement to the job.

I think that is a very great disadvantage.

I've never heard him or any of his supporters make any case why this is the moment for John Kerry.

He hasn't been able to come up with a reason that would even persuade his wife, as far as I can see.

(Via reader Maurice W., who notes that the earlier headline -- now removed -- on this ABC transcript was “Bush to face father’s fate: Hitchens”.)

Posted by Tim Blair at February 27, 2004 03:43 PM

You know Tim, what becomes obvious after reading your stuff, is that you are a dirty little man-child.
That's all. You have the mentality of an eight year old boy who likes explosions and stuff.
Boom boom, tanks and guns! We at war, and nobody want to play! Oh no! It's just me and Mark Steyn and half the American population!
What can we do to wake people up! Wait for another terrorist attack and then say
'Seeeeee!!! SEEEE!! We told you didn't we! Didn't we tell you! Now will you follow Bush unquestioningly?'
'WHY NOT???!!! Why won't you follow Bushy? Don't you know we are 'under attack' ?'
'Sigh. When will people realise that the bigoted small minded people are the ones who are RIGHT?'

Posted by: Jack at February 27, 2004 at 04:13 PM

TONY JONES (to Hitchens): With great foresight you've already predicted the path down which I was going.

ABC interviewees are superfluous these days. Tony Jones may as well just read his own views off the autocue and cut out the middleman.

Posted by: ilibcc at February 27, 2004 at 04:43 PM

Are you sure about this Jack? I thought Blair was saying that the ABC were being a little eager to put a negative gloss on George Bush's re-election chances in presenting an interviewee who was in fact arguing the complete opposite. I also thought the "Bush to face father's fate" headline nicely underlined his point. In response to this you have thrown an inarticulate temper tantrum of a type more normally associated with little girls who have lost their dollies. In this light the message behind the outburst - that Tim Blair behaves like a child - seems just a tiny bit ironic.

Posted by: William at February 27, 2004 at 04:46 PM

Jack screamed, little girls laughed!!

Posted by: Gary at February 27, 2004 at 05:02 PM

Then the little girls taunted Jack for being a sissy. Mean little girls.

Posted by: Donnah at February 27, 2004 at 05:15 PM

Off your medication today are we, Jack?

Oh, and what would your response have been following September 11 if you were the President of the US of A? Apologise for upsetting Al Queda?

Posted by: Razor at February 27, 2004 at 05:28 PM

stunning military victory

What? It isn't a quagmire?

Posted by: Andjam at February 27, 2004 at 05:32 PM

'Sigh. When will people realise that the bigoted small minded people are the ones who are RIGHT?'

Which bigoted small minded people? The KKK and neo-nazis were firmly against war with Iraq.

Posted by: Andjam at February 27, 2004 at 05:34 PM

Counting down the seconds till ol' Miranda pops in and says some rubbish like

"Your boy Bush is on the nose, blah blah blah John Kerry woohoo blah blah the sight of dead Americans makes me wet"

Posted by: Quentin George at February 27, 2004 at 07:52 PM

Hey Jack, Dick Cheney just called me to say your expose of us has put "Operation -Get Jack" into effect immediately.
The black helicopters are on the way!

Posted by: jj shaka at February 28, 2004 at 12:13 AM

What will everyone say when it becomes obvious that Kerry is toast?

Posted by: JEM at February 28, 2004 at 03:25 AM

BTT: I have to say that "electoral defeat" is in fact increasingly possible for Bush. He has done his best to toss away all of the confidence and loyalty of his party base in an absurd quest for "swing votes". Examples: signing the McCain/Feingold First Amendment Repeal, enacting the 'Lets Bribe the Seniors with a New Entitlement' act, vocally supporting an extension of the Assault Weapons Ban and increased firearms regulation (after the NRA vote was the margin of his victory in THREE states, and after even Democrats have learned that gun control is a losing issue), and putting his name on every pork-laden domestic spending act that crosses his line-of-sight...in a war year. In other words, he's blowing off his next term exactly the same way his father blew off his. I still might close my eyes and vote for him based on the terrorism issue (American lives are and should be the trump issue here)... but as a radical Republican, even MY patience is growing perilously thin.

Posted by: Dave Paglia at February 28, 2004 at 03:49 AM

I hope it happens after the Dem primary. I want to see him go up against Bush. I think it could be funny and it'd make for good TV, since Kerry can spin and double talk so well it'd make Clinton roll over in his grave. He's that much of a bullshitter.

Posted by: aaron at February 28, 2004 at 03:49 AM

Yeah, basically only Bush can defeat himself.

Posted by: aaron at February 28, 2004 at 03:51 AM

sorry, I wrote "double talk so well," I should have said "so much".

Posted by: aaron at February 28, 2004 at 03:53 AM

you know, I'm really sick of all these other 'jacks' mucking up cyberspace.

Bush in trouble? Sure.

IT's that time tested 'say it often enough and it'll be true' tactic.

They've gotta do something, 'cos Kerry's really nothing more than an 'anything-but-Bush' candidate

Posted by: jack at February 28, 2004 at 04:07 AM

The only thing Bush has going for him is the War on Terror.

Everything else he does I disagree with: Gay Marriage Comments, Guest Worker Program, Faith-based this or that, Medicare spending, The Deficit... the list goes on.

He's already done himself in for this voter. Hopefully we'll catch Osama before the election so I can call it quits with him.

-California Republican

Posted by: adam at February 28, 2004 at 02:38 PM

its funny how republicans will complain over Bush and say they won't vote for him.. and then fail to realize that not voting for Bush is in effect voting for Kerry. And Kerry will raise their taxes, will gut the military, will eviscerate the CIA. Will create a trial lawyer based health care system and further damage the country, but ah, since Bush doesn't toe their exact line, they're mad as hell and aren't gonna take it anymore. Grow up, this is important. Kerry will be worse than Bush could ever be. Open your eyes republicans and grow up a bit. You don't always get what you want, so you get the best you can.

You want kerry? you want him appointing federal and supreme court judges? more judges similar to the massachussetts judges? Get real.

Posted by: Lurch at February 29, 2004 at 01:45 PM

you have 2 clear choices. Bush. or Kerry. I don't agree with Bush on everything, but you know what? I know having Bush is better than having Kerry. Not even a question of how close.

Kerry is on the wrong side of every issue.

Posted by: Lurch at February 29, 2004 at 01:49 PM

Well, you know what they say about Kerry and the issues... wait five minutes and things will be different.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 29, 2004 at 02:09 PM