I myself always assumed there would eventually be some sort of attempt to dig up Zombie W and parade around his reanimated corpse gussied up as an American Hero -- even though W was a horrible disaster nobody liked, not even Fox News, on account of his traitorousness.
See, the thing is, SO?
Liberals disliked him, and talking about him like he wasn't a colossal fuckup is bound to piss off liberals... QED: GWB 4EVA! The dumbass vanity licence plates write themselves, and then they're pounded out by convict labor.
All of it is astonishingly smug and precious; Ann Althouse only strives towards a rhetorical ethos this sociopathic.
I'll however just examine the Challenge presented as the Electrifying Conclusion.
Upon what do you base your view of President Bush’s intellect? How much is it shaped by the conventional wisdom about him? How much by verbal miscues highlighted by the press?
After 9/11, especially, seldom was a president so fellated. Pretending that W was the victim of a hostile press is at variance with easily verifiable recent history. Al Gore got it worse from the press in the late 1990s, also too.
Do you discount your estimate of his intellect because he’s from Texas or because of his accent? Because he’s an athlete and a ranch owner? Because he never advertises that he went to Yale and Harvard?
My question would be, why woud an adult possessed of anything remotely approaching self-respect ever try to fool other adults with humiliatingly sycophantic garbage like this -- for free? Grima Wormtongue is disgusted. Sigh....
Bush isn't from Texas, his accent is an affectation, he's no more and perhaps less an athlete than Obama, his "ranch" is not a ranch, and he's always had flaks to remind anyone who cares that he went to Ivy League schools because he's a Northeast blueblood when it suits him to be, and also other flaks who will take pictures of him clearing brush.
I'm sorry, didn't MWO cover this sufficiently...?
This is a hard one, for liberals only. Do you assume that he is unintelligent because he made policy choices with which you disagree? If so, your logic may be backwards. “I disagree with choice X that President Bush made. No intelligent person could conclude X, therefore President Bush is unintelligent.” Might it be possible that an intelligent, thoughtful conservative with different values and priorities than your own might have reached a different conclusion than you? Do you really think your policy views derive only from your intellect?
Why is this hard?
When everything you did led to terrible blood loss and scarring, who the fuck cares if your Deep Reason for sticking your dick in the blender was Advanced Calculus?
MAS. On the comments thing, it looks like this grand new system decides to treat every comment as spam unless specifically told otherwise. Once your comment has been pulled out of the spam filter though it seems to know you're not a bot bent on telling the world about your world-historical quest to make penises bigger through chemistry, and later comments go through fine.