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  •  Not so sure about that - it wasn't so long ago... (0+ / 0-)

    when nobody (not even the Republican base) would have considered trying to rehabilitate the image of Senator Joe McCarthy, let alone imagined that the idea might resonate with anybody.

    But then somebody stayed up way too late one night channeling fascists, and invented a media tool called Ann Coulter to mix and serve the Kool-aid...  

    You live and learn. At any rate, you live. Douglas Adams

    by wandabee on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 09:10:38 AM PDT

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    •  huh? (0+ / 0-)

      bush has the lowest approval rating of any american president ever, in the course of such records.  that is a FACT.  it cannot be "buried."  george w. bush holds the record for worst rating ever and that is that.

      mccarthyism, on the other hand, was a much more ephemeral data point in history and time.  it's not something that's quantifiable the way a president's popularity is.  there's just no comparison between the two subjects.  

      ideas can always be revived and pursued anew.  record-setting disapproval ratings, though, are indelible markers in time.

      and just because it's so much fun to type, George W. Bush has been officially rated worst. president. ever!  

      "Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise." Thomas Paine, Common Sense

      by Cedwyn on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 10:30:46 AM PDT

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      •  I agree with you about the FACT. My point is... (1+ / 0-)
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        that over the last eight years (or more accurately, since the Republicans got their congressional majority back in the 1994 midterm elections) we've clearly seen that facts, no matter how obvious or how horrible, can be successfully buried or distorted when a corrupt party and a complicit media join forces to help a critical mass of voters willingly suspend their disbelief.

        My Dad, for example (an otherwise very smart man who for some reason decided to set his political intelligence aside halfway through the Carter administration and has never looked back), is not at all embarrassed to say that he's voting for McCain because...

        (gathering the strength to type this)

        ...he thinks McCain will expire in office and believes Sarah Palin is the best possible candidate for POTUS because (his words) "She's not tainted yet." Obviously nothing could be further from the truth - yet, none of the readily available facts are sufficient to sway him in the slightest. Indeed, confronting him with facts, however gently, only makes him more entrenched.

        In the years that W has been in office, I have watched many very intelligent people (family, friends, co-workers) stop questioning entirely, just so they wouldn't have to admit the FACT that they'd made a terrible mistake voting for him. Those who voted for him twice are often unable to tolerate any discussion at all. The desire not to be proven wrong is very powerful, and I have come to believe that we underestimate it at our peril.

        You live and learn. At any rate, you live. Douglas Adams

        by wandabee on Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 12:47:39 PM PDT

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