September 29, 2004

September 30: Today's Reason to Not Elect George W. Bush

Today's shrill critic of George W. Bush is Mark Kleiman:

Mark A. R. Kleiman: Rejoice!: "The Taliban is no longer in existence." You don't have to believe me; the President said it himself. Now that's what I call optimism; not only does he imagine good things that might happen in the future, he imagines good things as actually existing in the present.

What's strange is that the non-existent Taliban has enjoyed such a resurgence that Karzai is being forced to negotiate with them.

How much longer is this severely delusional character going to remain in power? Either four months, or fifty-six. It's up to you.

Posted by DeLong at September 29, 2004 09:10 PM | TrackBack

"Great Cthulhu is Their cousin, yet can he spy Them only dimly. Iä! Shrub-Niggurath! As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold."

A description of the Taliban - I mean the Great Old Ones - from the Latin version of Olaus Wormius.

Posted by: Alex at September 29, 2004 10:02 PM

In the whole "Bush is bad / press is bad" topic I really do not understand the silence of the Democratic Senators, Representatives and Governors. If we cannot get the press to report any better than "he said / she said", why don't we see articles like "10 Governors said Bush is bad for envirnoment" or "100 Representatives signed an article in NY Times saying that Bush is bad for Social Security". Does the fact that they give the Democratic Presidential - most important - candidate no support at all mean they already written off this election as a loss?

Posted by: a at September 29, 2004 10:30 PM

While walking down the street today, minding my own business, I passed a “Kerry for President” table, and without provocation (other than my indifference) the operatives began to scream at me, and act in a generally thuggish manner. For a moment I thought I was back in Berkeley. I suppose they are simply more of the much revered shrill.

Posted by: A. Zarkov at September 30, 2004 01:39 AM

Well, I passed by *two* Bush for president people yesterday - the first one hit me with a baseball bat, sending me to the hospital for a month. The second one shot and killed me.

So there.

Posted by: Barry at September 30, 2004 04:56 AM

How could Bush be in office for 56 more months? Won't he be in office for 4 more months or 52 more months? Has Bush has turned Brad into a shrill exaggerator :-)

Posted by: Bob at September 30, 2004 05:43 AM

Kleiman's site says fifty-two. So the question is did he correct it since Delong took it, or did our host shrilly raise to fifty-six in the cut-and-paste?

Posted by: fatbear at September 30, 2004 06:17 AM

Perhaps there is more insight here than intitally meets the eye. Perhaps Patriot Act III will secretly include such a provision? "If the incumbent does not approve of the outcome of any election the C-in_C may suspend the outcome." National security would require it, don't you know.

Posted by: MacMan at September 30, 2004 08:14 AM

The new version says:

"Either four months, or four months and four more long years.

It's up to you.

[Arithmetically updated.]" (square brakets in original.)

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Posted by: Phone Chat at September 30, 2004 11:19 PM

The Presidential "debate" between Kerry and Bush revealed a lot more about these men than I had expected to see:

John Kerry revealed himself as a strong and steady leader who understands how to make the best of the mess we have gotten into in the Iraq war. Kerry consistently stated that Bush's invasion of Iraq was a collosal mistake, diverting our effort away from the real fight against terrorists. Although he voted to authorize the President's use of force against Hussein in Iraq, Kerry fealt that we were all mislead when Bush broke his pledge to go to war as a last resort,and in cooperation with old allies. Bush had his opportunistic war in spite of US, got thousands of our best people killed, and squandered over 200 $$ billion of our treasury; John Kerry knows how to win help from our friends, and then come home. He knows we cannot and must not lose this one.

I was really hoping to hear President Bush tell the truth about Iraq, but he babbled about fantasies. Bush's neo-con-men turned down help from the UN, and they lied about the real reasons for this war in Iraq. We didn't plan for winning the peace, and our troops are now mired in the quicksands of Babylon. Iraq is in chaos according to our own State Deptartment and CIA intelligence; The people of Iraq want us to get out. Bush still paints a rosey picture of Iraq, but I detected a plaintively pathetic note when Bush talked about their new "Freedom". We're less safe now.

These debates give us new hope for the future: John Kerry is a leader we can believe and count on for America's security. George Bush has blown our country's credibility and trust; I'm ready for real change at the top.

Posted by: Wayne Taylor at October 1, 2004 03:35 AM

If one of Bush's many critics would take the trouble to find his full remarks, they would come up with the real punchline:

"And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence. And the people of Afghanistan are now free. (Applause.) In other words when you say something as President you better make it clear so everybody understands what you're saying, and you better mean what you say. And I meant what I said. (Applause.) "

Yessir, he menat what he said when he misspoke - that's clear.

Posted by: Tom Maguire at October 1, 2004 06:53 AM