August 31, 2006

Perhaps it is dawning on even conservatives

These are tough days. For progressives, the world looks so much worse than it did even a couple of years ago, and we seem to have the worst possible administration in power during that time. We could have had a competent conservative group who disagreed with us on tax cuts and environmental regulation, but did what they did competently. We could have had a progressive, yet incompetent, administration who we liked but couldn't get anything done. We have the incompetent conservatives who discount anything they don't like AND can't do a damn thing well.

Listening to NPR the other day, the promo for Terry Gross was about Iran and the same people who wanted "regime change" in Iran used to say the same thing about Iraq. It is as if these people never heard the story about the "boy who cried wolf" as a kid. Maybe we should make that required reading for the nation.


But the view that our President is incompetent and stupid is starting to have more legs than just liberals drinking lattes. As David Corn notes that group is growing:
"The other day I crossed paths with a conservative talk show host. We chatted about current events. He noted that he was quite pissed off at the neocons for suggesting that American blood should be spilled to benefit the Iraqis. Let the Iraqis take care of themselves, he huffed. I asked, "Are you in the Bush-is-an-idiot camp?"

This was a reference to a recent segment on Joe Scarborough's MSNBC show during which Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, posed the question, "Is our president an idiot?" After playing a montage of video clips showing Bush at his tongue-tied worst ("Fool me once, shame on you--fool me--you can't get fooled again"), Scarborough said that an former close aide to President Bush had recently told him that Bush is "intellectually shallow and one of the most incurious public figures this man has ever met." Scarborough claimed that Bush is "getting worse instead of better" and that when it comes to presidential stupidity Bush is "in a league by himself." He added, "I don't think he has the intellectual depth."

My conservative interlocutor fidgeted, as he considered how to respond. After a moment or so, he said softly, "Well, he can be moronic.""

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