Skip to comments.Hating Bush (Cathryn Crawford)
Posted on 12/05/2003 8:26:01 AM PST by Scenic Sounds
Hating President Bush has become a national pastime. It seems almost funny, how one man can stir up the ire of so many people. There are all sorts of reasons to hate the President. When BestandWorst.com asked their readers why they hate Bush, there were all sorts of reasons, which ranged from because he fits way too many anti-Christ proficiencies, seriously, to. No, the question is - who would let an ugly monkey rule a nation? Now, these are funny somewhat because of the ignorance (a President doesnt rule a nation), and somewhat because of the wording (ugly monkey?).
But, seriously, Democrats especially those who are running for President in 2004 - love this outpouring of rage, and theyre quick to do their best to channel it. There are I hate Bush bumper stickers, t-shirts, underwear. There are myriad websites devoted to the subject. There was even a recent Bush-hating conference held in Hollywood. The Democrats want as many people as possible to think its cool to hate Bush, and theyre pushing it as hard as possible.
However, is their policy of hate actually going to win them any votes in 2004? Sure, there are the die-hard, yellow dog Democrats, (as we call them in the South). But these guys dont just hate Bush they hate Republicans in general. Actually, they hate Independents and Greens and Libertarians, too everyone but Democrats. A hate-Bush policy isnt likely to affect them one way or another. Theyre going to vote the same way they always do.
Then there is that elusive group of middle-ground voters. This is an eclectic group. Contained here are the so-called soccer moms, the white Southern guys with the Confederate flags hanging in their trucks, the college students who are trying to figure out who is who and what ideology fits them best. These are the people that are truly struggling (for the most part) to make the right decision. Most have already formed opinions about which political party they agree with, and most tend to vote one way or another on a regular basis. However, these are the people that the Democrats are struggling to plug into the electricity of their rage and ire against the President.
Democrats, however, dont seem to understand how silly, futile and powerless this attitude makes them look. Most people do not respond well to purely reactionary policies, but thats what the Democrats are using. There doesnt seem to be a unified plan among them; theres just a lot of smoke and hot air and rage and screaming. It makes one wonder if the Democrats would exist were Bush not in office. They have become the party of the anti-Bush the party that isnt the Republicans.
I have to admit Im not one of those people that want the Democrats to just vanish from sight, though I sympathize with those who do. As in economics, a little competition usually improves the quality of the end result. However, Democrats are marketing themselves so badly lately that its not even a competition anymore its like watching a big man finally kick the crap out of the dog thats been nipping its heels. You feel a bit sorry for the dog, but you thoroughly enjoy watching. And so it is now. Politics is about practicality. If the Democrats think that hating Bush is going to win those votes, theyre going to continue to push that policy as hard as they can, even when it means getting kicked. It didnt work in 2000, it backfired horribly in 2002, but they simply cant learn their lesson. Maybe they need another kick.
Cathryn Crawford is a student at the University of Texas. She can be reached with questions or comments at CathrynCrawford@WashingtonDispatch.com.
Yes, and it didn't get Clinton un-elected, did it? LOL
Aggie to T-sip bump.
She not an Ag, but she's sharp enough to be one.
I do have a little problem with this part:
"[I]ts like watching a big man finally kick the crap out of the dog thats been nipping its heels. You feel a bit sorry for the dog, but you thoroughly enjoy watching."
Do you know what I think should happen to a "big man" who kicks the crap out of a dog? ;-)
Aside from that little slip on your part, the column is perfect. ;-)
Either way, it's evil!! ;-)
Thanks, I think.
Gee, that's hard to figure out. Taco meat? LOL
A lake of fire awaits them!!
Baseball is a national pastime. "Hating" Bush is practiced by a small, albeit shrill, group of naysayers. Kind of like saying tiddlywinks is a national pastime or an olympic event.
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