Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Bush-Hatred: Fearful Loathing . . ., by Robert J. Samuelson

Washington Post

"[If Bush] succeeded less, he'd be hated less. His fiercest detractors don't loathe him merely because they think he's mediocre, hypocritical and simplistic. What they truly resent is that his popularity suggests that the country might be more like him than it is like them. They fear he's exiling them politically. On one level, their embrace of hatred aims to make others share their outrage; but on another level, it's a self-indulgent declaration of moral superiority -- something that makes them feel better about themselves. Either way, it represents another dreary chapter in the continuing coarsening of public discourse. "

. . . Or a Rational Response?, by E.J. Dionne Jr.
Washington Post

"Republicans won in 2002, but Bush lost most Democrats forever. Conservative critics of 'Bush hatred' like to argue that opposition to the president is a weird psychological affliction. It is nothing of the sort. It is a rational response to getting burned. They are, as a friend once put it, biting the hand that slapped them in the face."

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