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Bush_Eats_Beef Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:19 PM
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Scarborough: "Bush has come to symbolize the divided political landscape"


Bush has come to symbolize the divided political landscape (Joe Scarborough)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6845031/#050121a

There's just something about George W. Bush that divides America into camps of reds and blues, lovers and haters, friends and enemies.

Despite daily protests, I am fond of the 43rd President both personally and politically. Unlike most powerful politicians I have met or worked with, George Bush is what he is. And he really couldn't care less whether you like it or not.

Maybe that approach is what infuriates 48 percent of Americans.

But after listening for years to pundits and talking heads bemoan the fact that all politicians are blow-dried, poll tested zombies, isn't it refreshing to have a regular guy who says: "This is what I believe. If you like it, vote for me. If you don't, vote for the other guy." I suspect that if John Kerry had tried that approach, he may have been sworn in yesterday as America's 44th president. But he wasn't.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:22 PM
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1. May be it us easier to have that attitude when you know the vote is
a fore gone conclusion? Let me load the vote counting boxes with secret software and I can be that guy too.
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BamaLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:24 PM
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2. Scarborough Is A Dem
He worked with the Levin Group in Pensacola, FL... and he is a big friend of the trial lawyers as well.

He ran as a Repub because northern Florida is a deep shade of red, and it was easier for him to get elected.

I know how? Because I do, and we'll leave it at that.
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rqstnnlitnmnt Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:25 PM
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3. scarborough is a whore
:puke:
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:37 PM
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20. He is more than a whore.
Does anybody care about Lori Klausutis?
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:27 PM
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4. He's a dumbass if he doesn't know what it is about Bush
that divides Americans. Either a dumbass, or a liar.

BTW, I saw a car today with a bumper sticker that read, "BUSH WON, GET OVER IT!" underneath another sticker that read, "Git'er Dun". The Bushbots are doing their part dividing the country too, yet Scarborough just can't imagine why we'd be upset.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:34 PM
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5. I agree that he's
just a media whore. I can't stand him. He's so rude to people who are on the opposite side. I was watching his show and Janine was on with some other guy from AAR and he didn't let them talk much at all. He lets the people he agrees with talk more and the opposing side maybe a few seconds or something. Oy. I don't believe he's a democrat. If he is it's in name only.
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TheFarseer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:35 PM
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6. Yeah, I hate GW because he's genuine
how ridiculous is that?! Can they even consider the possibility that I disagree with him on every policy decision and think he's doing irreparable damage to the country that I love?
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kitkat65 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:49 PM
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10. Genuinely evil
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TheWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:41 PM
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7. Spoken like a true Murderer, Joe.
Of course you like him. You guys have much in common.
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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:44 PM
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8. Shrub is our best
Our 43rd best president!
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:49 PM
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9. Everybody in the house say, "Duh..."
That Scarborough's always right on top of things, ain't he?

:eyes:
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:56 PM
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11. Bush pushed a button in me i didn't even know i had until 2000
i have a visceral reaction whenever i see him. I can't stand the sound of his voice, his gestures or his smirk, the only other person who comes close to bringing bile to my mouth is Tom Delay.
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Pepperbelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:02 PM
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14. don't forget ol' Cheney, the sneering, rotten old turd. nt
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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:59 PM
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12. Scarborough sees the reality but spins it anyway
The divided landscape he's talking about is a cultural divide, not a political one.

People who voted for Bush did so by voting for symbols -- Bush symbolizing the dream of an America that supposedly existed right after WWII, but in reality, never existed at all.

An America where authority was not just respected, but loved. Where everybody knew their place, meaning that white-skinned men with money took the top place. Where the police, courts, soldiers, and politicians were considered incapable of doing wrong. Where everyone worshiped at the Church Of Their Choice on Sunday, except for the Jews, who were given a special Dispensation. And there were no other religions; at least no other religions to speak of.

There was no crime; the only reason rape happened at all was because the womenfolk were getting a little too big for their newfangled britches; children obeyed their parents most of the time, and were easily brought back into line with some crowd-pleasing corporal punishment; teen-agers never had sex, unwed mothers didn't exist (maybe there were a few among the poor, "fast" girls, and some of them got "criminal abortions"); "homosexuality" was treated with psychotherapy, medication, and prison, not respect; Negroes knew that they had to work hard if they wanted to get ahead; we "really didn't need Unions anymore"; and the only problem we faced was the ever-present danger of Red Cells trying to destroy America by using college "Perfessers" to stir up the Negroes, the Kids, and other Perfessers.

I'm sure I'm leaving out other common ideas from 50 years ago, but even then, it was a warped view of the world. But the Cultural Right believes that such a time existed, and that we can return to it. This is why they overlooked such major Bush sins as his unpunished military AWOL infractions, his history of arrests for drunk driving and petty "prank" crime, his choice of a "gay" collegiate sport (cheerleading), and his sexual peccadilloes, including arranging one or more abortions for various girlfriends, his mocking unconcern for prisoners (especially fellow Christian Karla Faye Tucker), his history of business failures and bail-outs by people eager to curry favor with his father, and his wife's own bad habits, the worst of which was her complicity in the death of her high-school boyfriend, for which she was never called to account. All of these moral panics attached to John Kerry in several campaigns of lies, the most damaging one from the discredited Swift Boat Veterans. Before Kerry, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George McGovern were similarly attacked. And any one of those Bushian sins would have led to public outrage being poured on those other candidates, as it eventually did with Clinton's dalliances.

This is why I personally can't get too worked up over George Bush per se; we have to fight the source of the problem, the religious and cultural fantasies direct the anger, hatred and fear of the Cultural Right. In any other era, people like Bush would be considered to be mediocrities, not saviors or devils as happens today. Modern Liberals and Democrats might just as well not campaign at all on issues, but start throwing mud from Day One.

O.K., I don't really mean that, but cultural dividers won't listen to reason. So much the worse for our country.

No, it's not that people like Joe Scarborough like Bush because he's some kind of straight-shootin', rootin'-tootin' cowpoke who loves Jeebus Cripes. It's because they're from the same tribe -- period.

--p!
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PROGRESSIVE1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:21 PM
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16. Joe is the enemy! He is full of it if he thinks he's being...
"fair".

:eyes:

He also supports Bushitler's criminal actions too!
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wildwww2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:01 PM
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13. Bu$h symbolizes: A fascist spoiled brat. Which is what he is.
Joe Scarborough symbolizes: How a Republican can have a dead girl found in his office. And not a peep out of the press. A Democrat would have been crucified regardless if they were involved in foul play or not.
Peace
Wildman
Al Gore is My President
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:09 PM
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15. Scarborough represents the political divide in this country
of course, a lot of it is inside of his schizophrenic mind.
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TheDonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:48 PM
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17. Bush is a ignorant flip flopper who cannot tell a non-lie.
Scarborough is a washed up idiot looking for attention.
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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:09 PM
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18. My, Scab-burrow, what profound political "analysis"
Bush symbolizes a divided nation. Amazing!

Why, I'm surprised you don't have your own talk show . . . oh, you do? Well whaddya know?!?
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zann725 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:32 PM
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19. Bush IS the divided political landscape!
n/t
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