Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Half right:

Mark A. R. Kleiman has a post suggesting that people should start calling Bush a "wishful thinker". That it correctly describes the man, isn't a slur (e.g. Fascist), and opens the door to examining Bush's policy failures.

All good points. But since when was Bush ever a "thinker"? Even he says he distains nuance and all that book learnin'.

We'd say Bush is "wishful", but that doesn't sound quite right. So maybe Kleiman is correct to push for the two-word description.


Doesn't that just play to his image as a visionary "dreamer" who has touched all of our hearts, one by one? But maybe "thinking" will alienate the conservative base.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 8:52 AM  

I think "denial" is better, because it fits in with Bush's substance abuse past, suggesting a mental deficiency rather than optimism.

By Blogger Thomas, at 9/29/2004 10:30 AM  

"Forlorn promise-maker"

--Darryl Pearce / Ventura County, CA

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 12:58 PM  

'fucking idiot' seems pretty dead-on to me

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2004 3:15 PM  

What he's full of isn't "wish".

By Blogger Riggsveda, at 9/29/2004 4:14 PM  

Bush is a "wisher and hoper" - but we need more than someone who wishes and hopes.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/30/2004 9:33 PM  

Wishful is WAY to kind and nice.

The vibe is more like denial, blind, ideologue, blowhard, phony, smirky, smug, petulant...

By Blogger JeffKay, at 9/30/2004 10:13 PM  

Here's a generously sympathetic take...

Regarding Bush on Iraq, I am reminded of Linus patiently waiting in a pumkin patch, but with two differences: The spoiler turns out to be Ahmed Chalabi, and Bush is wearing the flight suit.

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." -- Linus van Pelt in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/01/2004 5:25 PM  

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