blogenlust
9.21.2004

Cynical electorate? never.


Juan Cole has a sinking feeling:
I have a sinking feeling that the American public may like Bush's cynical misuse of Wilsonian idealism precisely because it covers the embarrassment of their having gone to war, killed perhaps 25,000 people, and made a perfect mess of the Persian Gulf region, all out of a kind of paranoia fed by dirty tricks and bad intelligence. And, maybe they have to vote for Bush to cover the embarrassment of having elected him in the first place. How deep a hole are they going to dig themselves in order to get out of the bright sunlight of so much embarrassment?
Unfortunately, I think Cole might be on to something. It also might explain why so many people don't seem to have a problem with a President unwilling to admit mistakes, while everything he enacted falls apart.