October 07, 2004


Marian Wilkinson, who believes George W. Bush frightens children, continues her scare campaign:

Often dubbed by his enemies as the Darth Vader of the White House, Mr Cheney lived up to his caricature, presenting voters with a grim scenario where the country was "faced with the possibility that terrorists could smuggle a deadly biological agent or a nuclear weapon into the middle of one of our own cities" as he lectured them on their responsibility to re-elect President George Bush in November.

Yep; sure sounds like something Darth Vader would say.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 7, 2004 12:51 PM

Often dubbed by his enemies as the Darth Vader of the White House

Well, now, wait a minute! I thought this administration was the Fourth Reich, not the Empire! C'mon people, get your metaphors straight!

Posted by: cheshirecat at October 7, 2004 at 01:03 PM

I deal with these types of inane comments all the time, when, in fact, the truth is this: if Cheney or Bush wanted to scare people, they could be using the almost daily stories of depraved sensibility and outright blood-thirstiness of the wider Arab world. For example, they could be pointing out the DVD copies of hostage beheadings are best sellers in the Arab world, and not only in the lower class markets.

The fact that these idiotic journalists dismiss a very likely scenario as scare mongering reveals the vapidity of their thoughts and their agenda.

Funny thing is, should someone smuggle a bomb into the US, the self-same journalists would run page one pieces on how the hopelessly incompetent US administration missed the obvious evidence pointing to such an attack as a distinct possibility, just as they did in their stories about the 9-11 commission.

Posted by: KevinV at October 7, 2004 at 01:05 PM

Senator John Edwards who,ememies claim,made obscene amounts of money while a trial lawyer advocating on behalf of dubious claimants.

Posted by: gubbaboy at October 7, 2004 at 01:38 PM

Its possible that one of the diving factors for this type of journalism is fear (although to be honest its not really "journalism"). So horrid is the reality that some journalists are powerless other than to resort to this sort blame. Its culturally more comfortable and allows them to feel they have some level of control, deluded though it is. A real journalist would of course have the required personal mastery and strength to countenance and coolly analyse the reality. Marion Wilkinson unfortunately is just another reactionary female journalist driven by fear and emotion.

Posted by: Jim at October 7, 2004 at 01:43 PM

If Cheney is Darth Vader, then John Kerry is C3PO, and John Edwards is Jar Jar Binks.

Posted by: George at October 7, 2004 at 02:00 PM

And let's not forget Senator Tes "Jabba The Hut" Kennedy!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at October 7, 2004 at 02:22 PM

Sorry, preview is my friend!

"And let's not forget Senator Ted "Jabba The Hut" Kennedy!"

Posted by: The Real JeffS at October 7, 2004 at 02:23 PM

I guess if Cheney is Darth Vader, that must make Bush Emperor Palpatine...why, the Left always knew it, Bush is seeking an American empire, and this analogy proves it!

(I'm using "prove" here in the Lefty sense, i.e. "if I only believe it strongly enough, it will be true".)

Posted by: PW at October 7, 2004 at 03:14 PM

Overheard prior to the debate:

Grand Moff Rove: If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape.

Darth Cheney: Escape is not his plan. I must face him. Alone.

(Hey, it was either that or 'Dick Vader'!)

Posted by: fidens at October 7, 2004 at 05:36 PM

Then George Bush would be the Emporer?

It would be cool to see him kill terrorists with lightning bolts from his hands!

Posted by: Parker at October 8, 2004 at 12:51 AM

And if this awful scenario should ever happen in Marian Wilkinson's neighborhood, God forbid, will her corpse be the one with the surprised look on its face?

Posted by: Rebecca at October 8, 2004 at 01:47 AM

No, smoking skeletons don't have much in the way of facial expressions.

Posted by: Patrick Chester at October 8, 2004 at 01:53 AM

How can Bush scare children when he is accused by the left of playing with plastic turkeys.
if bush wanted to scare children, he might try posting pictures of Ms Wilkinson in kindergardens.

Posted by: davo at October 8, 2004 at 03:50 AM

Anyone remember when the Left's problem with Bush was that he was too nice to children, because he actually finished up his reading session when 9/11 happened?

Posted by: PW at October 8, 2004 at 11:57 AM