Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Kevin Drum asks a somewhat important series of questions today.
I don't think we need Albert Einstein in the Oval Office. But do Republicans really feel comfortable with a guy who so plainly doesn't understand his own policies? Don't they think this might have something to do with the fact that so much of what he's done has turned out badly even from a conservative perspective? When is enough enough?
Kevin is really missing the boat on Bush. We all know that Bush is not in charge of day-to-day business in the White House. We all know that Bush naps in the afternoon and gets to bed by 10pm (probably the only American between the ages of 5 and 70 who does). We all know that Bush is not the source of ideas in the White House. We all know that Dick Cheney is at least co-President, which rumor-mongers earlier in the summer completely failed to understand when they thought Cheney was on the way out (imagine, who would actually tell Dick he was fired?). So Bush is a buffoon. So what?

That liberal new middle class types are upset to no end by Bush's incompetency, that they are tearing their hair out over it (as Brad DeLong constantly does via his "Why O why are we ruled by these fools/idiots" mantra) only shows that the manipulation of symbols is the most important thing to them, as Robert Reich suggested by calling them "symbolic analysts", and that Bush is for the most part better at doing it than they are.

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