We’re hearing from the junta and its friends that, while GWB’s plan for victory is far-fetched, Democrats have no plan for victory at all. That’s true. Victory isn’t one of the possible outcomes, for any reasonable meaning of the world “victory.” So the Democrats are merely refusing to promise the impossible. The country is supposed to rally to the Republicans because some hope is always better than no hope, and the Republicans are prepared to promise victory even though they haven’t the foggiest notion of how to deliver it.
What does this remind you of?
Yes, that’s right. A quack offering laetrile or “energetic healing” or laying on of hands or a macrobiotic diet to a cancer patient whose physicians have told him that his case is hopeless and that he’d better make his will, or to that patient’s family. The doctors are called arrogant and heartless. The family member who says “this cure can’t possibly work” is silenced by being asked whether he really wants Dad to die. Dad dies, the family feels good because it “did everything to save him,” and the quack buys another Cadillac.
Amazingly, the marks don’t seem to be falling for the scam. In addition to the historic achievement of losing two wars at once, GWB may have finally succeeded in overestimating the gullibility of the American electorate: the first time that feat has ever been accomplished.