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Thursday, August 24, 2006

This Is What Delusional Looks Like

Posted by on August 24 at 16:11 PM

Right-wing blogger John Hinderacker (known as “Assrocket” on liberal blogs) managed to finagle himself a tour of the Oval Office with President Bush the other day. Here’s some of what he had to say about it:

It was an absolutely riveting experience. It was the best I’ve ever seen him. Not only that; it may have been the best I’ve ever seen any politician. If I summarized what he said, it would all sound familiar: the difficult times we live in; the threat from Islamic fascism—the phrase drew an enthusiastic round of applause—the universal yearning for freedom; the need to confront evil now, with all the tools at our disposal, so that our children and grandchildren can live in a better and safer world. As he often does, the President structured his comments loosely around a tour of the Oval Office. But the digressions and interpolations were priceless.

The conventional wisdom is that Bush is not a very good speaker. But up close, he is a great communicator, in a way that, in my opinion, Ronald Reagan was not.

Hinderacker has gone off his rocker in a similar fashion (at least) once before, back in July of 2005 when he famously wrote:

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.

Hysterical, I know. But as many a blogger often points out, it’s not so funny when you consider Hinderacker is routinely a guest pundit on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “The Most Trusted Name In News” indeed.

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You got your tag lines mixed up. "The most trusted name in news" is the Fox news channel, not CNN.

I'm pretty sure I'm right, and that Fox's is "The Most Watched Name In News."

yeah, but Fox is busy being held hostage, so CNN gets to say it.

Assrocket is an (ass)rocket scientist & genius compared to left-wing blogger David Goldstein (known as '' on blogs with sense & sensibility).

Are his lips chapped yet?

Yep. I stand corrected. Bradley's right. It's CNN's tag.

GWB has his faults. But he is smart. You can't be a total idiot and win two terms as governor and as president. History will be more kind to him. Sort of like we are with Harry Truman today.

And why does the liberal left ridicule him for reading Camus? Can't we acknowledge that he has some intellectual curiousity?

Bush bashing is getting so boring.

Even with a big stretch, I don't think anyone could honestly consider GWB "smart" given his apparent total lack of curiosity or work ethic. Every time he has "accomplished" something, it has been on the back of his family connections.

And don't soil Truman's name like that. Bush is more like a half-assed Woodrow Wilson; potentially well meaning, but totally inept when it comes to executing his lofty goals.

man anyone that can use the words 'islamic fascism' without irony scares the shit out of me.

I don't even believe the president uses those words together without chuckling to himself.

For me, the question whether Bush has any intellectual depth is answered by asking anyone whether, if his or her father were, in order, a US Congressman, CIA Director, UN Ambassador, Ambassador to China, Vice President, and President (no doubt I screwed up the order), he or she would travel outside of the US all of once IN HIS LIFE before becoming Governor of Texas, and then to some Mexican border party town.

This is a profoundly closed and inert mind. The kind of mind that would be baffled by, say, the relationship between Sunnis and Shiites, on the one hand, and Muslims, on the other. Why there's still a debate about this with only 879 days to go is a mystery to me. Somebody really ought to ask him some questions about Camus. Somebody ought to ask him if he knows how Iraq came to be a country in the first place.

As for Assrocket's, "A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to [sic] genius," I can only think that Peggy Noonan can go away happily now, knowing she has a worthy successor.

PGR: WIN two terms? I don't know about his terms as governor, but he most certainly did not "win" two terms as president.

The only thing boring here are the ostriches that STILL defend this colossal failure.

BTW -search "failure" on Google and see what comes up.

I did search failure, all I got was Mike McGavick and some links to DUIs in your 30s ...

Will> really? Yesterday, the first hit that came up was (surprise!) GWB. You didn't see that coming, did you?

"they" must have done something about it...

Republicans are idiots. They cause global warming, oppression of women, racism, and all the wars in the world. Just because Bush graduated from Yale, doesn't mean he's not a Red State dumbass.

Urbane Seattle types are more educated, more cultured, and superior to the Red State types that sorround us.

I don't particuarly like GWB, but I want him to leave office with a stable Iraq, his tax cuts made permanent, and Congress taking up Social Security reform.

Yes, he won two terms. Just as Rutheford B. Hayes lost the popular vote and won the electoral to become president.

Republicans cause global warming? Then why is a large percentage of the greenhouse gases coming from India and China?

Republicans cause all the wars in the world? Opression of women? (You mean like Condi Rice?) Seattle superior to red states?

Peoples arguments fall apart fast when they use those absurd wildly extrapolated generalizations.

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