Every once in a while a politician says something he didn’t mean to say, and which summarizes for the voters everything they hate, or could be brought to hate, about that politician and his party. For Al Gore, it was “no controlling legal authority.” For John Kerry, it was “I voted for it before I voted against it.” For Bill Clinton, it was “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
Now George W. Bush has given us a gift:
“This deal wouldn’t go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.”
That’s right, of course. But lots of things would be different if the Bush Administration were actually concerned about national security, as opposed to winning votes by appealing to fear.
Now the question is whether the Democrats, and Blue Blogistan, have the energy and the organization to make this a gift that keeps on giving, by repeating Bush’s words until the whole country has heard them, which is to say long after we’re all bored to death by them. That’s the job right-wing talk radio does, for which there’s no comparable capacity on our side of the struggle.
Of course, that shouldn’t keep us from also referring to the Beloved Leader as George Dubaiya Bush or nominating him for the Dubaious Achievement Awards.