So now the American Democrats and literati have mostly finished licking their little wounds and apparently have decided not to migrate up here after all due to a little cold and snow in Ottowa, one supposes. Eventually, the question surfaces: What now?
Netaloid will tell you what now. Now, you live up close to Bush II. He's reached out to you and, if you are good little 'Mericans, you'll observe the behavior of his Mandate and follow suit. Learn to tremble when he says it's a good time to be afraid, turn your TV on and keep it tuned to Faux News for the correct version of truth, quit wasting your time reading claptrap by so-called respected news reporters. Sit down, in other words, and shut up.
Here, in a nutshell, is the Mighty Bush Mandate: It's OK to be ignorant and illiterate; in fact, it's encouraged. Proof?
A large majority of Bush supporters believe that before the war Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or a major program for building them. A substantial majority of Bush supporters assume that most experts believe Iraq had WMD, and that this was the conclusion of the recently released report by Charles Duelfer. A large majority of Bush supporters believes that Iraq was providing substantial support to al Qaeda and that clear evidence of this support has been found. A large majority believes that most experts also have this view, and a substantial majority believe that this was the conclusion of the 9/11 Commission. Large majorities of Kerry supporters believe the opposite on all these points.
In recent months, the American public has been presented reports by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the heads of the Iraq Survey Group David Kay and Charles Duelfer (chosen by the president), concluding that before the war Iraq had neither weapons of mass destruction, nor even a significant program for developing them. Nonetheless, 72% of Bush supporters continued to hold to the view that Iraq had actual WMD (47%) or a major program for developing them (25%). Only 26% of Kerry supporters hold such beliefs.
Furthermore, 56% of Bush supporters (as compared to 18% of Kerry supporters) believe that most experts say that Iraq did have actual WMD, and another 18% say that the experts' views are evenly divided on the subject. Only 23% think that most experts believe Iraq did not have WMD.
Though this poll was taken immediately after chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer delivered his report to Congress on whether Iraq had WMD, a majority of Bush supporters misperceived the conclusions of his report. Fifty-seven percent believed that he concluded that Iraq did have either WMD (19%) or a major program for developing them (38%).
Go back and read the above four paragraphs one more time, then ask yourself: If I'm so smart and they're so stupid, why do they have a president representing their stupidity, while my candidate is home counting his Heinz Ketchup allowance?
Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and the rest of the Darth Vader Strategy Club got where they are today simply by taking PT Barnum to heart and refusing to underestimate the stupidty of the American public. For the past four years, they groomed stupidity, nurtured it, and it grew. American stupidity now is bigger and of much higher quality than ever before. Leave No Child Behind? My ass. Preach the program, but whatever you do, don't fund it, or there goes your stupid political base for the coming generation. Meanwhile, the best those Democrats have going is the fact that Terry McAuliffe's term is almost up as chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
So what's next, my little 'Mericans? Well, of course there's the aforementioned four years of mind-numbing stupidity and ignorance, global warming and pollution, thousands of war dead in Iraq, $60-per-barrel oil, sharply rising interest rates and a new constitutional amendment against cognizant thought.
And then, on the political scene, Rove and the Body Snatchers toy with the idea of supersizing the Stupid Base by grooming Brother Jeb Bush for the trifecta, although even the cynical Netaloid doubts that dog's ability to hunt. Eventually, John McCain will hold a little meeting with R & the BS and emerge as the next GOP Champion. After all, he's spent years masterfully grabbing the role of peace-maker between conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans. Some of the former actually like him. Obviously, they've never lived in Arizona. If they had, they'd know that he's as capable of pursuing a blindingly stupid right-wing agenda as was Barry Goldwater before he grew up and came to his senses.
So on the right we'll have John McCain, in the role of healer of America's great divide. And on the left we'll have the inevitable Hillary Clinton, armed only with the experience, intelligence, and perception necessary to make clear judgments based on what's best for the majority of Americans and the country in general. Not to mention the ability to make reasoned world policy decisions without the testosterone-induced hypnosis that tends to drive the USA into quagmires every few years.
Naturally, the corporations hate her because she doesn't appear to know a good bribe when she sees one. Yet that hatred is more visceral, eminating from way down deep inside of some DNA strand. Because, shitfire, Hillary Clinton is a woman! And what, my friends, would become of the Balls of Baptist 'Merica if the greatest nation in the galaxy were to be represented by a woman? Exactly.
Once that tidbit of fear is drilled into the consciousness of the Stupid Base, McCain is a shoe-in.
So that's it for the next eight years.