By Brad Friedman
when George W. Bush was arguing for those tax cuts during
the 2000 election because the economy was so good that "folks
deserved some of their money back?" (He stated during the
debates that he refused to believe there would be a downturn
in the economy - it's the judgement, stupid!)
Then after he was "elected' and the economy went south he
again argued for tax cuts - this time because they were needed
to jumpstart the slumping economy.
That's the GOP Win-Win Spin-Spin. The same set of plans
no matter what the circumstances. Just find any appropriate
justification for what you wanted to do in the first place.
It's ideology in place of reality. Only policy matters,
not the reasons for them. They want what they want, and it
has nothing to do with you or me, or the "problem" they claim
to be trying to solve.
Such reckless behavior is, of course, at work in Iraq where
the plans move ahead and the people who implemented them stay
in place no matter how different circumstances on the ground
may be from what they actually assumed to begin with.
The architects of the plan stay in place no matter what the
results. Full steam ahead. Critics are just unpatriotic or
partisan or insane (Gore enjoyed that honor last week) or
otherwise enemies of the state or freedom or whatever the
GOP Attacking Point of the Week is.
And now let's bring it back home.
I'm certain you've heard by now what a terrific job George
W. Bush is doing to fight terrorism because "there have been
no terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11" (never mind
the anthrax thing, we don't know who did it, so it doesn't
count, I guess). I'm sure you've heard someone selling you
So George W. Bush is the man for us because he's kept the
"homeland" safe from terror.
Except... last week Ashcroft (apparently unbeknownst to
Ridge) announced the latest terror threat that is supposed
to scare the crap out of us. He told us an attack is coming
- the terrorists are "90% ready" in fact - and we should get
prepared for it or look out for it or whatever the hell we're
supposed to do about it.
Now, should this "spectacular attack" occur prior to the
elections, does anybody - on either side of the political
fence - think for a second that such an attack wouldn't be
the newest reason for why "we need to re-elect George W. Bush
as President?" He will, no doubt, be then spun as "the tough
man we need in these difficult times in wake of this horrible
He deserves to be re-elected because we haven't had an attack
since 9/11. Unless we get attacked again. In which case, he
deserves to be re-elected because we need him to keep us safe.
The GOP Win-Win Spin-Spin! Brought to you by the Freedom
Loving GOP! A solution for every problem! It's simple, because
it's the same solution for every problem!
It's easier to keep things straight that way anyway. And
frankly, given the number of folks left that could possibly
think George W. Bush deserves re-election at this point, they
better keep things nice and simple, stupid.
Brad Friedman is a freelance writer and software designer.
He is also a proud "Liberal Hollywood Elitist" sharing all
of the great esteem and many rewards that come with it. His
blog can be read at http://www.BradFriedman.com/BradBlog.