Monday, July 09, 2007

Frank Rich Nails It: The Decider Is A Coward

Rich is always brilliant, but this week he hit the nail on the head. It is the failure to point this simple fact out that got me so angry about how the press and Democrats handled Bush in 2000 (and ever since until recently). This is a subscription NY Times piece, so no link but I'll give you a piece:

What it did not recognize, or chose not to recognize, is that this non-courage, to use The Journal’s euphemism, has been this president’s stock in trade, far exceeding the “wimp factor” that Newsweek once attributed to his father. The younger Mr. Bush’s cowardice is arguably more responsible for the calamities of his leadership than anything else.
Exactly. What was so glaringly obvious to me back then, and should have been to virtually anyone, was that the one trait that defined George W. Bush's life was cowardice. He supported Vietnam but didn't go. He ruined businesses and let other people bail him out. And on and on.

The man was a out and out failure, and it was because he always knew he would never suffer the consequences of any of his ridiculously irresponsible or downright imbecilic actions. But the Rove machine portrayed him as just the opposite, a tough-guy Decider, and the press ate it up and the Democrats didn't even try and challenge it.

It still makes me sick. It was a failure by the Democrats and the press to stop this horrendous period in our history. But past can be prologue. So it is worth discussing, if only to ensure we never end up with an idiot like this as our President again.


At 1:35 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

Here's a link to jurassicpork's site. If you scroll down you'll find the piece:

And you are so right, Cliffy. After I read the column, I smacked my head and said, "Of course!" So simple. So obvious. And something we all knew, but have failed to repeat enough. Over and over and over. Repeat it often and loud:


At 1:38 PM, Anonymous John Aravosis' Neighbor Barbara said...

Nicely said, Cliffie.

What I would like to see this election cycle, is the Dems using the Rethugs tactics against them. Like using the term "Inheritance Tax" instead of "Death Tax." Like saying that they are supporting the troops by BRINGING THEM HOME. Like not letting the Rethugs define any issue in their usual distorted manner.

This can't be that difficult. The Rethugs aren't known for their brains, ya know?

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who can forget that moron Kerry congratulating Bush on being a good father and good man instead of confronting him on, for example, his cowardly use of the swift boat liars.

Mr. Bush, when I was in Vietnam, where I brought home a medal for bravery, you were somehow getting out of your national guard obligations. Now, your lawyer, your funders, your allies are smearing not only my record but the entire armed forces. Your supporters wore fake bandages to mock purple heart winners. Are you going to be the coward again and hide behind some excuses about how you are not responsible for this or are you, for once, going to stand up ...

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Are you going to be the coward again and hide behind some excuses about how you are not responsible for this or are you, for once, going to stand up ... "

During the summer of 2004 I saw a documentary about Kerry's Vietman service (can't remember the title now). There were some great clips in that movie of him and his war buddies in battle garb riding down a river in vietnam. Why they never used these in ads to counter the swiftboat assholes I'll never know. Didn't get any press at all. Just hope the next Dem candidate has more aggressive campaign PR people.

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Jim said... is a site that regularly subverts the NYT subscription by republishing Krugman, Rich, Kristiof, and Dowd.


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