Sunday, April 01, 2007

One Line Jumps Out From Matthew Dowd Defection

You knew the anti-Bush people would jump on this, and I am in that group. The idea that Matthew Dowd, one of Bush's inner campaign circle, has bailed out on the President is news, but it hasn't affected me as much as others. We are so far into tragedy here that an admission of guilt and remorse by one of the people responsible, just makes me slightly more annoyed. It's like hearing drunk drivers say how terribly sorry they are about causing a lethal wreck. It might help a little, but it doesn't help much.

However, I was taken by one sentence in the New York Times article, because it sounded like something I've been saying about Bush supporters for literally years now. See, I don't believe any rational person could look at who President Bush is, or what he has done, and buy it. Dumb doesn't come in that flavor. So my conclusion early on was that Bush fans were in the throes of something irrational. The more I looked at the symptoms the more it became clear: This was teenage puppy love.

I'm not saying they were teenagers - they're mostly adults, and they definitely should have known better, which is why Matthew Dowd is so wracked with guilt now. However, the rest of the syndrome fits as tight as a high school sweater.

Do you remember in the early campaigns when President Bush would talk about his personal charm as a factor in diplomacy? See, as a rich punk with a well-connected father, young George was able to slip through trouble unscathed, and being an arrogant lad with a dull, faulty brain, he interpreted this to be a result of his winning personality.

It seemed crazy, but you know what? He was right to an extent. At least he was able to charm the pants off of many of his supporters. They saw him as a godly man out there clearing brush in his cute blue jeans and they were moved. You have to concede that there is a permanent percentage of the American Public who still gaze into his soft, lying eyes and feel stirrings of affection.

The reason I compared it to high school was that it was reminiscent of an experience most of us witnessed there. Did you ever see a sweet, young teenage girl fall for the wrong guy? I mean everyone in school knows the creep is a shallow, reckless, irresponsible, dumb, lazy, manipulative weasel. Her friends know it. Her family definitely knows it. Hell, even HIS friends and family know it. But the teenage girl goes right on pining away for the affections of this arrogant loser, telling everyone who'll listen how cute and wonderful he is. Meanwhile, the entire high school student body knows it is a disaster unfolding before their eyes.

That is what happend here and they call it puppy love. Those are the Bush supporters. Matthew Dowd is just snapping out of it now. He's the young girl who phones her friends, (in this case the New York Times) and says, "I've been such a fool."

Of course, like the drunk driver who kills someone, this expression of regret doesn't help much now. Those 3,000 plus soldiers are still dead, and their families are still devastated. Those tens of thousands of seriously wounded soldiers are still dealing with their wounds. And those hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are still killed or wounded as well. Not to mention that the entire world is a much worse place because of this chain of fiascos, and could even be heading for true global catastrophe. Oh well. At least there is one more person who has grown up, and seen the truth.

Yes, the Portland Freelancer was convinced that the analogy of the teenage girl in high school, was accurate in describing these pathetic, misguided people, but it's always interesting when one of the teenage girls involved chimes in with some proof. Did you read what Matthew Dowd said to describe his irrational support of the worst President in American History? "It’s almost like you fall in love."


At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow your drunk driver and 'sweet high-schooler's puppy love' analogies. Good observations.

But I think - more accurately - this situation is demonstrating the Drunken Slut Syndrome.

NONE of these people are as 'sweet' as your example. Karl 'MC' Rove HIMSELF said he "likes to pull the heads off of small animals" - although this was NOT under oath.

They are all quite sick.

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I'm focusing on the 29% who still don't get it. Karl Rove? I can only wonder what he was like in high school. One dance at the prom, one steamy session out behind the baseball field, and none of this would have happened.
The quote about the small animals was from the "comedy bit" he did at the Washington press dinner the other night.
Judging from his rap routine at the same event, I bet he was banned from all high school dances.

At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't Bush who had these people bamboozled-- it was the mind-altering blind-obedience teaching of the Religious Right Wing. When you teach a group of people to just follow a leader, instead of independently think, then you are asking for a leader like Bush to step forward for them. There is nothing wrong with someone practicing the Christian faith-- but the mind control that is going on throughout our nation in the name of Jesus is a major social disease. If you saw the movie "Borat", with the southern church that has a senator and state supreme court justice in attendance, you know what kind of church I am talking about-- babbling idiots who think they have pentecostal gifts or direct contact to God through a religious leader who cannot be questioned. They are actually are experiencing the worst sort of brainwashing any society has to offer. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WON ELECTIONS FOR GEORGE BUSH, AND STILL SUPPORT HIM. These are the blind follow-anyone-who-says-"Jesus" people who are undermining freedom for the rest of our country. Religious freedom was never supposed to include brainwashing the masses, so that leaders like Bush could rape this country for hundreds of billions of dallars of profits for his corporate buddies, and pummel countries like Iraq into rubble to please his true masters-- the Saudi Arabian royal family.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Thanks for your comment. The one who cracks me up this time around with the suddenly pious bit is Newt Gingrich.
I also would be much happier with these people using religion to seize power and club us into submission if they actually followed it.
In fact, that is the proof that they are not sincere: They aren't true to the same teachings they used to get elected. It's a marvel really.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you place this much significance on Dick Morris' defection from Clinton? Big deal....another anti-war Democrat 'goes public' with his dissatisfaction with Bush. This is "news"?

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Wow, nice use of the "It's always Clinton" strategy.

At 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always good foil for the "this is unprecedented!" stategy, don't ya think?

At 3:59 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Yeah, except I didn't use the "it's unprecented strategy". I used the "Bush supporters are irrational victims of teenage puppy love" strategy.
Care to comment on that or are you still holding out hope that Bush will ask you to the prom?

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be happy to comment on it: You are ignorant. Good enough? You wonder how someone can still support Bush? Its simple....he is doing a good job under almost uprecedented (there, I used it) difficult circumstances. And he's doing it in a political climate more vitriolic than any in the last century. You don't like the Iraq war - I get that. You don't like the measures he's taken to combat terrorism. Fine. You probably don't like his tax cuts, or the fact that his economy has been solid throughout his entire Presidency (what happened to that "jobless recovery"?). OK. But all I hear you and other lefties b1tch and moan about all day are things that have always been done in past administrations with little or no outcry from the likes of you. The Gonzalez matter is an easy example. He'd now being called unfit for his post because he fired some political appointees. Can you imagine what the left would be calling for if his justice department jackboot thugs surrounded a religious compound, lit it on fire and killed a bunch of women and children? You are a bunch of hypocrits. No one cared that Clinton went to war with Kosovo WITHOUT approval from Congress. No one cared about his disasterous pick for AG, Janet Reno. No one cared about his warrantless ransacking of suspects' personal residences. No one cared about his rendition of prisoners to countries that would torture them. No one cared about jack crapola. You want me to quit bringing up Clinton then quit pretending that Bush is handling his job so much worse when he clearly isn't. Sorry you don't like his 'smirk' or his 'swagger'. Sorry that you don't like that he 'coasted' into Ivy League schools. Sorry that he "stole" a couple of elections. Glad he's in charge.

At 5:20 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

In charge? He couldn't run a hot dog stand without screwing it up.

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that your best response? I'm disappointed. At least throw in the gratuitous pretzel reference.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Sorry, Butch. I should do better but the "I" word I've been reading about in Newsweek and elsewhere concerning President Bush is Incompetence.
David Brooks, a conservative columnist, says he's amazed at how little support Bush has from GOP members of Congress. They're just tired of him screwing up one scenario after another.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Bush's Presidency is very reminiscent of Truman's. For all of you "worst President ever" types, read up on the Truman Presidency. He is now regarded as one of our finest despite leaving office with poll numbers in the 30's based mainly on dissatisfaction of the way the war was going (Korea). Bush will be judged favorably as painful as that is for much of you. The economy has boomed under his leadership, and post 9-11 we have been free of terrorist attacks. I know you don't give a bean about any of that, but historically - and to us non-haters - it counts.

Bush has support from GOP members of congress, but in an election period - because of his poll numbers - they can't voice it. Jeez...they're politicians after all. You think that Gordon Smith's sudden solidarity with the anti-war movement is heartfelt or because he's up for re-election and possibly facing Defazio in '08?

At 4:54 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

President Bush as another Harry Truman?
Why don't you leave the comedy to me, Butch.

It's the easiest thing in the world to say this will look better in the future. Bush himself says in 50 years he'll be seen as a great President. I believe in 50 years our generation will be scorned for allowing this mess to continue.
My bet is that it'll look even worse once it's over and everyone writes their books about what a lazy, screw-up the guy really was behind the scenes.
But you think things are going great now, so you won't have to wait 50 years to find out you're wrong.
Harry Truman? Yeah, right.

At 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...and POST 9/11 we have been free of attacks":
so Butch prefers playing a mulligan in regard to the actual attacks then of 9/11, you know, on Bush's watch (with the ignored intelligence, etc.; OR was it just another Neocon false-flag operation?).

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous....Bush ignored the pre-911 signs? Well, a breakthrough! You actually don't believe he organized the attacks himself! A step in the right direction......

At 10:34 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

That's a breakthrough for you, too, Butch. You didn't blame 9/11 on Clinton.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Bush's approval rating is dead-even with Carter's lowest number. Does that mean something too?

Oh, and it's only a point lower than his father's? Is that relevant?

And Nixon was one point higher than Truman. That seems indicative of something, right?

And Ford rated higher than Clinton, which I think means Ford is a more popular president by far. Wouldn't you agree?

Really, Butch, you're reaching here. Bush stinks, and everyone knows it.

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sully, you actually helped make my point which is, poll numbers are irrelevant to how history judges the success or failure of a Presidency.

PS - Bush's numbers are currently in the high 30's to low 40's - not exactly unprecedented for a 2nd term President.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

butch your words are irrelevant to reality. You. Are. A. Liar.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Tenks, I think Butch actually believes the stuff.
That's the weird part.

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tenks, can't you just use your CIA 'mind meld' technique to find the truth? If you've forgotten how to use it, I'm sure your Canadian girlfriend remembers and can remind you.

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think you get lost in your own rhetorical moves. It's fun to debate, but at some point you have to look up from the game and see the world as it is.

At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt Dowd has balls. Ergo, he MUST be a close relative of Maureen Dowd.


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