This Is What $100 Million Buys?
Our wonderful president has begun his promised media assault now that he knows who his opponent will be. (I'd still rather it had been Edwards, but I'll be supporting Kerry anyway) And what does he put on the air? Why, exactly the kind of ad we all expected him to, immediately exploiting 9/11. And when faced with protests from police, firefighters and most especially families of the victims, Bush and his Wormtongue, Karen Hughes, insist that they're wrong, that it was tasteful.
I am very glad this Bush is as stubborn against reality as his dad was. So very much predictable hubris from the Republicans. He honestly believes he can make
the public go against their own conscience and senses. Does he not realize it's an ad's job to appeal to an audience, rather than the audience's obligation to like an ad?
And then he does a "town meeting" this week with pre-picked business leaders touting recovery. He asks one business owner how many jobs he plans to add this year.
"Two jobs," says the business leader, and Bush responds as though this is something astounding and a sign the economy is working.
He can claim to be as "optimistic" as he likes. This is a sign he knows he's in trouble, because that was the desperate tack his dad resorted to, as he couldn't run on a clear declaration of his record, as this Bush cannot.
We don't need an "optimist", we need a realist. I think it's wonderful that he doesn't understand this. He doesn't even seem to think he needs our votes, and on that score, maybe he already knows something we don't. But then, why spend $100 million on advertising if you've already fixed the election?
But this is a man only elected to one public office in his life and has only had one other, this one, which he was not. (Whether he won or not doesn't matter--the election was never allowed to finish, and besides, Gore had the popular vote) He just doesn't understand. He even thinks calling his opponent "liberal" still works. His entire administration has been an exercise in revenge on the public for rejecting his father's bullshit. It's just that they have forced
it to work this time. Except it doesn't, really. But I bet, like his statement on Saddam being the guy who tried to kill his dad, he probably says stuff privately like, "I mean, these are the people that threw my dad out of the presidency." But then, the GOP has nothing but contempt for us all. They would like to rule, not for
us, but despite
us. Maybe this time to
Which is just beautiful. The one and only thing that can screw things up right now is the Democrats losing resolve and not tearing Bush a new asshole.
And if you'd like to give Kerry a bit of money, do so here.