July 28, 2005

George W. Bush, the man

I probably shouldn't do this so close to the weekend, as I don't want to spoil it, but here's a question.

If you dislike (or loathe) Bush, just what is it about him, his background, his character, his "intellect" that leads you to feel that way?

Perhaps it will be therapeautic, and it might be enlightening to our conservative friends who frequent the place.

And to those who excuse Bush and are willing to part ways with reality in order to support him whatever he does, no matter what the consequences to the people of this country and the countries standing in the world, please explain what it is about Bush, the man, that so appeals to you.


At 7/28/2005 2:15 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

As a strong Kerry-Edwards' backer in 2004 and a lifelong Democrat, let me add my two cents. The first time I saw then Texas Governor George Bush on C-SPAN, I think 1999. He was working a crowd in Iowa, and he was talking plainly and connecting with one after another and I thought, "Oh,oh -- this guy is going to be tough to beat."

I think what frustrated liberals don't understand is how well he connects to American people on their level. They believe him. They trust him. They like his wife. They know he's not perfect.
But he comes across steady and one of them and -- like former President Bill Clinton -- he's great at working a room.

So as someone who worked hard to beat George Bush, I think that those assets helped frustrate me and millions of others who back Kerry-Edwards.

In politics, it's not always about issues and policies and 9-point plans. It's also about the candidate, as a person. Flaws and all, Bush connects with enough voters to win. Go figure.

At 7/28/2005 10:50 PM, Blogger bug said...

I like his package, especially in a flight suit.

At 7/29/2005 4:55 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

There ya go. Apparently, Bush is just unstoppable.

Not a word about his being vapid, inarticulate, a liar, incredibly arrogant, mean-spirited, vain, distainfuly of ordinary people, etc.

And putting Bush in the same sentence as Clinton? I think I'm going to hurl.

Seriously, Bush can't even carry Clinton's luggage when it comes to political skill.

Clinton, whether he was working a room or fielding reporters questions, could speak in his own words and never come across as dodging the question or avoiding the issue. He would more often be criticized for going on at too much length and demonstrating the depths of his knowledge of the issues.

Bush on the other hand can't utter a word without it being written on a piece of paper in front, on a teleprompter, or beamed into an earpiece.

Being able to yuk it up with a crowd isn't exactly a rare skill. I myself have been known to be able to work a room pretty impressively.

Clinton could stand in front of a huge crowd with the entire world watching him and wing it when aides loaded the wrong speech into the teleprompter, and no one could even tell.

Bush would be simply unable to even begin.

There is no comparison whatsoever between the two.

One is the real thing, Bush is nothing special, no more than a glorified used car salesman.

At 7/29/2005 10:51 PM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

George W. Bush has tremendous poliical skills! Especially in international politics.

He managed to get France, Germany, Russia, China, India and Pakistan to agree on something!

At 7/31/2005 5:22 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Rawk... astute observation as usual. ha! Yes, he has accomplished much.... just nothing any American would ever want.

At 7/31/2005 8:42 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope, most of us who actually read agree with you. The majority who don't - the folks living in ignorance love Bush. Why? Because he's the type of guy who could sit down and suck a beer or two with ya.

And he knows how to eat fried chicken without a fork. Imagine that. But he can't string two sentances together without someone helping him - and that makes him inadequate as a president.

But since he only has to sway the majority of voters, he's in. So sad for us.

I hate the fact that he is now so transparently protecting his own money and corporate interests at the expense of the folks who voted for him and wished they could sit and drink beer and eat chicken with him. Maybe if they finally connect the dots and realize they can't buy beer and chicken anymore on the wages they make as a result of his legislation, then they will change their minds.

Until then, we are sunk and Lord help us if Rove comes up with another candidate to replace Bush.

At 8/01/2005 7:09 AM, Blogger diehard said...

I happen to be an amature study of primates. And he is the chimpyest!


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