"George W. Bush. Fine fella. Bad president."
Would you be willing to sport a bumper sticker with that slogan?
Could you swallow your gut-level feeling that Dubya is a monumental turd in order to avoid getting into a distracting debate about whether Bush is or is not a bad man?
Could you actually say something nice about Bush if you knew that by doing so you could get into the good graces with a voter who is sitting on the fence and that by doing so you might be able to better persuade them that Bush is a bad president and that they should vote him out of office?
Would you be willing to kill George with a compliment?