September 23, 2004


Eyes Wide Shut (David Corn,

I want this election to be done, for I am sick of griping about George W. Bush and his lying--or, if you prefer, his excessively simplistic ways. Speaking at the UN yesterday, he proclaimed that the Iraqi people "are on the path to democracy and freedom." Perhaps. We hope so. But it is far from assured that the national elections scheduled for January--which would be a true milepost on the "path to democracy"--are going to happen. Can't Bush stop being a cheerleader-in-chief? Why not say, "We've removed the tyrant of Iraq and now are doing what we can to bring democracy to Iraq"? Is that sort of nuanced, based-in-reality rhetoric beyond Bush's grasp?

"Elections will occur in Iraq on time in January because Iraqis want elections on time,'' Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 23, 2004 11:39 AM

I've said it before - if a Dem president was doing what Bush is doing the left would be doing cartwheels. Watching them tie themselves into knots to argue against Bush for doing something they actually agree with is amusing.

Posted by: AWW at September 23, 2004 11:46 AM

And I'm sick of people like Corn whining all the time about how they are "sick of griping about George W. Bush and his lying." As if Bushitler is forcing them at gunpoint to whine and moan and complain when they'd rather be saying nice things about the man.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 23, 2004 12:10 PM

Grr, why does he have to talk like Woodrow Wilson and JFK--why can't he talk like Kissinger?!

Posted by: Timothy at September 23, 2004 12:35 PM

Hearing candidate Kerry basically cut PM Allawi off at the knees in his attempt to attack Pres. Bush this morning was particularly amusing. Wouldn't Mr. Allawi be considered one of those allies Mr. Kerry is so distraught about? So, if Kerry thinks he's going to win, how would that conversation go? "Well....I did basically call you a duped pawn in Bush's lying quagmire scheme 6 weeks ago...but that was then and this is now."

Actually, that type of reasoning apparently comes fairly easily to the Jr. Senator from Mass.

Posted by: John Resnick at September 23, 2004 12:38 PM

One gets the feeling that David Corn would prefer 2000-3000 Iraqis per month would be in the pathway of speeding bullets than the entire nation on the road to democracy (however imperfect).

And no one is forcing the whackjobs to fight the US, either. Corn wants it to be Bush's fault. Too bad - he can go hide with Katha Pollitt and Katrina Van Den Heuval. Allawi is going ahead without him.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 23, 2004 12:49 PM

'..I am sick of griping about George W. Bush and his lying--or, if you prefer, his excessively simplistic ways.'

ummm, David , calling someone a liar is COMPLETELY different that complaining about their 'simplistic ways'.. apples and oranges, my dear boy..

Posted by: JonofAtlanta at September 23, 2004 2:05 PM


You can't be implying that a certified intellectual like Mr. Corn lacks nuance can you?

Posted by: Jeff at September 23, 2004 2:14 PM

Am I wrong, or has David Corn(pone)just conceded the election to Bush? And, isn't saying the Iraqis are "on the path" to democracy the same as saying we'll do "what we can to bring democracy to Iraq"? Corn and the rest of these nuanced intellectuals are just plain vacuous.

Posted by: OldHat at September 23, 2004 3:27 PM

Grrr--David Corn hate metaphors! David Corn SMASH metaphors!

Posted by: David Corn at September 23, 2004 4:03 PM