This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.
Mickey Kaus, channeling Noonan:
… the White House really does think its own GOP base is composed of yahoos who can be fooled …
But of course. And the White House is right to think so.
After all, if you weren’t stupid, if your heart wasn’t in the wrong place, if you weren’t a yahoo, if you couldn’t be fooled, then why on earth would you be an enthusiastic Republican today? Rove & Co. ran two campaigns in a row that bet heavily, and successfully, on the gullibility of around half the voters. As as Mark Twain’s “Louis XVIII” remarks in Huckleberry Finn, “Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?”
The good news is that the gullibility, even of chronic gulls, is not unlimited. George W. Bush may become the only man in history to go broke (politically speaking) by underestimating the intelligence of the American people.