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  •  Honestly? (none)
    I don't think there was a bar. I think that, with the intense media blitz on this subject, CNN was barraged by so many sources saying "turnout greater than expected!" that no real comparison of turnout-to-expectations has taken place.

    Frankly, whose expectations are we talking about here? The Bush Administration has always, always, always shrouded its own "expectations" in deepest mystery. All we are supposed to perceive is that it very soberly sets its expectations at a reasonable level (using no real-world benchmarks), and is pleasantly surprised that it consistently exceeds those expectations (using no real-world benchmarks).

    Personally, I expected at least one or two spectacular attacks from the insurgents -- so in that respect my own expectations have been exceeded. But those expectations were probably more deeply irrational and un-benchmarkable than anything the Bushies have offered. Christ, I hope we elect an Administration that believes facts exist in 2008. How's that for "lowering the bar?" :/

    We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. - Anaïs Nin

    by Valentine on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 12:55:30 PM PST

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    •  Excellent comment! (none)
      There were several attacks from insurgents, suicide bombings in Baghdad and mortar attacks elsewhere, civilians 24, troops (?) but if the White House bar was set at 1,000, why that number of casualties is "much lower than expectations."

      You would have to get that sad news from foreign services. Not that you or I would revel in that news(as the right wing is suggesting) but it is indicative of the tight censorship that controls the American media.

      When we hear the same talking point over and over, it's obvious propaganda but do the announcers have to gush over it too?

      To thine own self be true - W.S.

      by Agathena on Sun Jan 30, 2005 at 01:22:10 PM PST

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