"The world is not a lodging-house at Brighton, which we are to leave because it is miserable. It is the fortress of our family, with the flag flying on the turret, and the more miserable it is the less we should leave it."
-G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
This here blog is a glimpse or two or three at the condition of the 'fortress of our family' through the eyes Timothy Goddard, a Christian writer with an unhealthy interest in politics living in the Puget Sound area.
"If you squint very hard, you'll note that you are actually facing West!"
Chris Suellentrop has apparently bought into the idea that Everything Republicans Say Is Wrong so thoroughly that he's decided that the confidence of Republicans is itself evidence that Bush is in trouble. Sounding very much like the Iraqi Information Minister, he compares Republicans to... well, the Iraqi Information Minister, for doing absurd things like considering campaigning in New Jersey (where all polls show the race tied) and Washington State (withthe potential to pick up a governor's mansion and a Senate seat)! "It is an illusion!" Suellentrop barks (I paraphrase), "Bush is not competitive in Washington, and he has been slaughtered in New Jersey! They do not hold solid leads in Wisconsin and Iowa! I tell you this. It is all a lie. They lie. It is a hollywood movie. You do not believe them."
As evidence for this claim, Suellentrop points to how Bush tried this "aura of inevitability" strategy in the 2000 Republican Primaries, where it worked beautifully and he coasted to an easy victory over John McCain. Oh, wait, no, he focuses on the fact that Bush lost the New Hampshire primaries, ignoring the fact that if Bush does as well in November as he did in the 2000 primaries, it will be a victory of epic proportions.
He's careful, though, to cover his bases, admitting that, really, his little thesis is bunkum:
John Edwards is holding a rally Tuesday in Newark, N.J. That doesn't mean Democrats should start panicking, but it's worth remembering that although Bush's victories in the 2000 primaries and general election weren't inevitable, it's still true that he did win them.
I could pick a theological nit with that assertion, of course, but I'll leave that for another day.
Posted by Timothy1:08 PM
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