November 7, 2004


Triumph of Hope: President Bush's re-election gives the free world a second chance. (JOSE MARIA AZNAR, November 7, 2004, Wall Street Journal)

Hope has triumphed.

I know that some may be surprised to read this, but I am convinced of the fact.

Hope has triumphed, and with it the confidence of the American people in the values and principles on which our shared civilization on both sides of the Atlantic is based. George W. Bush decided to respond to totalitarian terrorist attacks with a return to basic principles. He could have chosen appeasement. He could have opted for mere rhetoric. He decided not to do so. He decided to oppose brutality with steadfast conviction. Now a wide majority of his people has backed this policy. It has confirmed that there is hope in our way of life, a form of hope that derives its strength from its essential convictions, a hope that is manifested in the desire to defend freedom above all else.

Many took for granted that Mr. Bush would be defeated. They were wrong. The mistake committed by those who create caricatures is that they believe that normal people are going to substitute reality with caricature. The American people have decided that the best option is to offer a new mandate to Mr. Bush. If not, the achievement of these elections would be inexplicable: an extensive margin between the two candidates, in favor of President Bush, in favor of the popular vote; an increase in the number of his senators; a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives. Mr. Bush has managed to consolidate a movement that has been emerging for some years. He has managed to consolidate a natural conservative majority in his country.

What better way to pretend to appeal to Europe than by naming a European Secretary of State?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2004 11:23 AM

Amusing idea, though it's unconstitutional, since the Secretary of State is in the presidential line of succession.

Posted by: PapayaSF at November 7, 2004 1:37 PM


So? Kissinger & Albright couldn't become president either.

Posted by: oj at November 7, 2004 1:41 PM

Probably couldn't get a security clearance.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at November 7, 2004 2:13 PM

OJ: Hmmm, you're right. I suppose the succession just skips over ineligible people?

Posted by: PapayaSF at November 7, 2004 6:24 PM

A very interesting idea. It would be the perfect snub to the French & Germans, and it would strangle Zapatero. I like it!

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 7, 2004 7:22 PM

Wouldn't Aznar have to become an American citizen first? It's one thing to appoint someone not native-born, but I don't believe that somebody not a citizen has ever been appointed to a position that high. I'm not even sure it's legal to appoint a non-citizen to the Cabinet.

Posted by: Joe at November 7, 2004 8:08 PM


Posted by: oj at November 7, 2004 10:04 PM

It's not a practical idea.

But I believe Congress can confer citizenship on anyone. If they were asked.

Someday the Spaniards will come to their senses.

Posted by: J Baustian at November 8, 2004 2:30 AM

A better idea would be the creation through private sources of a large scale think tank based in Europe, staffed by Europeans who are trying to find a way to enhance Euro-American cooperation. People like Aznar, Alain Madelin, Robert Conquest, Josef Joffe and Ruud Lubbers are natural contributors to such a place.

Posted by: Bart at November 8, 2004 7:09 AM

Wait, I thought we'd already done that with Tony Blair...

Posted by: mike earl at November 8, 2004 11:29 AM


He's going to win another term

Posted by: oj at November 8, 2004 3:20 PM