Friday, March 17, 2006

The Wisdom of George W. Bush

I've tried repeatedly to get people to understand that dismissing Bush as just an idiot son of an asshole is to dig ones own grave.

He is an idiot. He is the son of an asshole.

But he isn't stupid and he does have his own perverse form of wisdom. It's the wisdom of P.T. Barnum. It's the wisdom of the grifter. It's the wisdom of the Music Man.

It's the wisdom that understands that while Lincoln was right that "You can't fool all of the people all of the time" you can certainly fool enough of the people enough of the time.

The sooner we come to respect the wisdom of George W. Bush the sooner we can defeat it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7:52 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Sorry, Chris, but Bush IS stupid. However, he is a puppet for Dick Cheney, who may be nuts but is anything but an idiot.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Chris Andersen said...

Link away lapopessa. Please do.

Susan, we can disagree about the relative degree of Bush's intelligence. One point I would make is that intelligence comes in many different varieties. Bush's "intelligence" is the intelligence of the con artists who knows how to charm people into thinking he cares about them when really he just cares about himself.

In fact, I suspect Bush is so good at this that he has even managed to charm himself.

8:10 PM  

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