August 29, 2004

Political Orbits: The Lowering of the Bar


In the face of all the “I don’t read the polls, I don’t read the papers, I’m just focused on the job” nonsense, here (finally) is a great story on the real George Bush. Today’s piece in the NYTimes (link) reveals the obsessive, hands-on, hyperagressive W. with the chess player disposition and the encyclopedic knowledge of even the most insignificant campaign miscellany.

You won’t hear much argument from the Bush campaign about “Bush the Bumbler” (especially as the debates draw near). By now, the persona is part of a tried-and-true strategy with a pretty decent track record.

The media is not always so gullible on W. Too often, though, they perpetuate (or, just fail to filter) Bush and the administration’s subtle insinuations that the President’s brain resides in somebody else’s head. This article, though, gets further down the right path. As Clinton is quick to say, this guy is good, really good.

Like the second coming of Lee Atwater.

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