Empty Days

Saturday, April 03, 2004



Another interesting observation: Andrew Sullivan's blog seems to have become somewhat more readable and less biased/cocksure after the gay-marriage screw-up. Toned down in every area, war and Bush included. Maybe because neither war nor Bush are doing so good these days. I don't know - but there seems to be some rethinking going on behind the curtains.

And that's fine by me. People gotta be able to change their minds according to what transpires in reality rather than some ethereal pet ideology of theirs (some lefties even taunted Sullivan that he's leaning to the left - that's far from true but it picks on actual changes).

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Things *are* changing, and it's not just Sullivan. Here are interesting speculations from Stirling Newberry of BOPnews (links omitted):
With Rice's testimony set for April 8th and more energy panel documents coming - the house Democrats - a disempowered minority if ever there was one are showing renewed assertiveness - demanding an intel overhaul.

The problem? The Republicans have been caught short of testosterone right when they need it.

From the early 1990's onward, testosterone fueled Republican outrage. It just wasn't acceptable to have it on the Democratic side of the ledger - taking up "too much space", even if you were good at it, was out out out on the left. Cooperation meant intellectual leveling. Many young men - who, to be frank, have no real political convictions, but merely want to make their mark in the world, became Republicans, got their smirks issued to them, and enjoyed the ride.

Rush, Drudge, Instapundit all share that same jet fueled "kick butt" attitude, and if they are criticized on the right - it is for not wearing steel tips on Sundays. Which is why the recent turn of events has hit the Republicans in the most important place. Not, yet, with the voters, but with the writers who for a long time pointed, like weather vanes, from where the wind was blowing. Even if it was often just hot air, political nature abhors a vacuum.

Thus, Bush hiding behind Rice's skirts, and not testifying in public - and only with Cheney at the same time - says "weak" not enough Ronald Republican "standing tall". Instead it is back in wonk territory with detailed Russert lists being drawn up.

It says weakness.
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When the BBC asked should the bodies have been show, immediately one self-identified Bush support wrote in that showing the bodies "gave the terrorists a platform." It shows that the right is admitting it can't allow people to see certain things. There is, underneath this, a fussy victorianism, a "they can't see that, they aren't strong enough." For a while this could be played as strong protective government holding back the demons. But now, with the hit coming close to home it is clear that people want answers.

The test of strength is not the ability to strut, but the ability to hold up others whose will is faltering. "Be a man" the admonition runs from mothers to their sons - and it means, first and foremost, being a pillar of strength. [...]
It's an essay on elections - about how everybody is unclear as to what it's gonna be and what to expect.





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