THERE HE WENT AGAIN! Bush is still playing the voters for fools. Michael Janofsky allows it:
SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2004
THERE HE GOES AGAIN: As Joe Klein said to Paula Zahn, its the emotional heart of Bushs pitch (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/16/04). Yesterday, he made his pitch to West Virginia voters, whom he treated, as always, like a big bunch of rubes. Michael Janofsky does the play-by-play in this mornings New York Times:
JANOFSKY: In West Virginia, Mr. Bush repeated his criticism of Mr. Kerry for voting against the $87 billion spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan, pointing out that Mr. Kerry on Thursday called his vote ''complicated.''Really? There was nothing complicated about that spending bill? Then why did Bush threaten to veto the form of the bill which he opposed? Why did Bush say he would veto that $87 billion? When we ask ourselves that, we cant help thinking that the bill was less simple than Dissembler One says. And we wonder how loud that applause would have been if Bush had treated those voters like citizens and had told them about his real conduct.
Indeed, lets run our thought experiment again. Heres the transcript of Bush-and-the-rubes in Beckley, West Virginia:
BUSH (actual remarks): I assure you, ladies and gentlemen, the cause of freedom is in really good hands.Yep— those voters were laughing, applauding and booing. But how effective would that pitch have been if Bush hade been honest for once in his life— had said this:
BUSH (revised and made truthful): And yesterday, he said that his vote against funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan was complicated. No, there's nothing complicated about supporting our troops.What would have happened if Bush had said that? Wed guess that the Beckley crowds [APPLAUSE] would have given way to [PUZZLED LOOKS]. But theres little chance well ever find out. Because theres little chance that the Cherry Picker in Chief will ever tell the truth to real voters.
Which brings us back to Michael Janofksy, typing this crap for the New York Times. When will the Michael Janofksys get up on their feet, be brave boys and girls, and supply some context for their readers? Like Kerry, Bush opposed one form of this bill and supported the other. Kerry voted against the form he opposed; Bush threatened to veto the form he disfavored. But Bush is now playing the voters for fools. And Michael Janofsky allows it.
VISIT OUR INCOMPARABLE ARCHIVES: Jim Lehrer also allows it. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/15/04.
Joe Klein also allows it (no surprise there). See THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/16/04.