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Lady Liberty

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat
posted by Tom

Some reactions to Election 2004:

Obviously, We Couldn't Be Happier Because Obviously, You're an Asshole

At his website, billioniare Georgy Porgy Soros laments the fortune he poured down the drain that was the Dimocrat campaign:

Obviously, I am distressed at the outcome of the election. I hope, but don't trust, that the second Bush administration will have learned something from the mistakes of the first. What is at stake is our ability to recognize our own fallibility.
Bush is the first president to garner a majority of the popular vote in the last four elections. He's the first president to gain congressional seats upon reelection since FDR. In shellacking a Democratic candidate backed by almost the entire mainstream media, he managed to defeat that mainstream media as well. In three years, he's liberated two countries, killed or captured nearly two thirds of the world's most notorious terror network and reduced its "fearless" raghead leader to broadcasting videotaped infomercials via a fifth-rate Arab television network.

With so many "mistakes" in his first term, Bush has nowhere to go but up.

Oh, please, Jon, please, hold your breath. Here, let me help.

Newsweek columnist, man about town, bon vivant and part-time lady wrestler Jonathan Alter couldn't wait to give the victorious two-term, majority winning, mainstream media defeating George W. Bush his advice for second term success. He slugs his latest gibberish, "Bush Could Bring Us Together", with the following:

"If Bush wants to secure his legacy and defy expectations, he’ll move quickly to the center and stay there. I’m not holding my breath."

Somewhat disappointed that Alter wouldn't suffocate himself, I read on:

...Republicans are now more firmly in charge and will do whatever they can to steamroll the angry opposition. This is the path of arrogance that most re-elected presidents follow, and it’s why second terms (even after landslides) have been more scandal-prone and less productive than first terms for every president since Theodore Roosevelt. Wilson failed with the League of Nations; FDR with the court-packing scheme; Eisenhower stalled; LBJ was brought low by Vietnam; Nixon by Watergate; Reagan by Iran-contra; Clinton by impeachment.
Er, Jon, scandal-prone and less productive second terms have usually occurred when the opposition party controls the Congress. For what it's worth, it was FDR's "court packing scheme" that got his New Deal pushed through Congress. But with his own party "firmly in charge", Bush doesn't much have to worry about Congress engineering phony impeachable offenses (Iran-Contra), and as he and his family are not trailer trash, but possess dignity and class, we don't have to worry about slimy land deals, illegally seized FBI files of opponents, lying under oath in civil suits and blowjobs from interns in the White House, among other things.

Bush has broken every "truism" morons like Alter were convinced would bring him down in '04: No President with a "shakey economy", a "military disaster" and approval ratings below 50% could win re-election. To paraphrase Santayana, Jon, those hack columnists who think history always repeats itself are doomed to look like smacked asses.

Jonathan's cry for help: "Stop me before I write again!"

Not A Stupid Liberal Pantywaist This Time, But An Otherwise Smart Conservative Lady

I think Peggy Noonan is a little too gracious about John Kerry's graciousness in defeat. In her most recent Wall Street Journal column, So Much to Savor , Noonan found Kerry's concession a "moving sight" :

His talking about his "good conversation" with the president was gracious and helpful. He was honest about the facts of the vote in Ohio. When he thanked his people from the bottom of his heart it was a real thanks. "Thanks to Democrats and Republicans and Independents. . . . Thanks to everyone who voted." "Don't lose faith, what you did made a difference . . . and building on itself . . . the time will come when your votes, your ballots, will change the world. And it's worth fighting for." A lot of pundits and editorialists are going to say, 'His best speech of the campaign was his last.' But that's not the point.

Correct, that isn't the point. The point is that this is another example of the elitist, obnoxious, self-righteous arrogance of Kerry and liberals in general. "Don't lose faith ... the time will come when your votes, your ballots, will change the world"? The terrible world that George Bush and conservative Republicans created needed changing, and while the efforts of the righteous may have fallen short this time in rescuing everyone from the evil of Bush and conservatism, don't lose heart. The time will come when those illegally registered voters and invalid provisional ballots and forged documents and bogus news stories will win the day. The liberal lamp will shine again!

You're a nice woman, Peggy, but Kerry and his minions deserved every humiliating moment of Election 2004.

posted by Tom | 11/04/2004 11:42:00 AM
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