If you hate Bush, you’ll love this. If you love Bush, you’ll hate it.
And if you used to love Bush, but have recently come to the conclusion that he may not be everything you’d thought or hoped he was, it’s going to make you a little uncomfortable. Heck, it may make you downright mad.
In any case, Jane Smiley’s recent nard-stomping of the Bushies is worth a read, if for no other reason than it’s a beautifully elegant, well-reasoned, passionate summation of a particular (progressive) point of view. With each passing day, it’s also a perspective that gets harder and harder to rebut on its merits, pretty much assuring that it will be vigorously rebutted via whatever ad hominem is at hand.
Anyway, I keep hoping that Bush’s perpetual slide toward the Mendoza Line will let everybody step back and say okay, now that the truth about The Great Divider is pretty much unarguable, maybe we should take a look at what kinds of things are really important for the country’s wellbeing. (He’ll never get that far down, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his approvals dipped below 30% before all is said and done. If people were responding honestly to the poll questions instead of sticking tenaciously to the idea that speaking against Bush is the same as voting for a Kennedy, I imagine he’d already be in the 20s, but I can’t begin to prove it. Just a suspicion.)
[THX: Dr. Harold Tedford at the Theater Desk]