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Opening Arguments

BDS on parade

George Bush will not be on the presidential ticket. His popularity seems likely set  new record lows. Yet a liberal advocacy group is planning to spend $8.5 million on an anti-Bush campaign:

Americans United for Change plans to undertake a yearlong campaign, spending the bulk of the money on advertising, to keep public attention on what the group says are the Bush administration's failures, including the war in Iraq, the response to Hurricane Katrina and the current mortgage crisis.

In selling the plan to fundraisers, the group has argued that support for President Reagan was at a low of 42 percent in 1987 but climbed to 63 percent before he left office. "All of a sudden he became a rallying cry for conservatives and their ideology," said Brad Woodhouse, the group's president. "Progressives are still living with that."

This is insane even for Bush Derangement Syndrome. Let them spend their money. Of course, if Hillary becomes president, we will have at least four more depressing years of Clinton Derangement Syndrome. This stuff just keeps multiplying in toxicity.


Mon, 01/28/2008 - 4:55pm

Um Leo...your paper prints columns by Jonah Goldberg, son of Lucianne, the lady who instructed Linda Tripp to tape her conversations (illegally I might add) with Monica Lewinsky.

How about before you start whining about "Clinton derangement syndrome" you start thinking about how your employer might be furthering the cause?

tim zank
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 6:13pm

Here ya go Leo, Let me edit that last comment for you.

"Um Leo

A J Bogle
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 7:52pm

Bush is irrelevant any more

Why bother

Larry Morris
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 8:42pm

Wow, Tim, I couldn't have said it better myself, ...

tim zank
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 8:49pm

Thanx Larry...just keepin' it real, yo.

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 9:28pm

I don't smoke Tim, but you sound experienced in such matters.

Leo Morris
Mon, 01/28/2008 - 10:26pm

There is a fallacy in informal logic called "argumentum ad hominem" -- arguing against the person making the claim instead of arguing against the claim itself. Such and such must be wrong because Bill Clinton said it or Rush Limbaugh said it. Craig's brilliant riposte is like the ad hominem argument to the third or fourth power -- the claim about Clinton Derangement Syndrome must be wrong because it is made by me, whose newspaper runs Jonah Goldberg, whose mother helped Linda Tripp entrap Bill Clinton. Such breathtaking illogic is to be admired for its instructive potential.

I was going to point out that the chief practitioners of CDS these days seem to be Democrats, but that would be committing the tu quoque ("so's your old man") fallacy, and I'd like to keep this at a higher level.

I AM glad to hear that Craig isn't smoking Tim. Such a hard habit to break.

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 11:55pm

"Just keepin

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 12:39am

I don't think your "claim" is wrong Mr. Morris. I think it doesn't make much sense considering your employer publishes articles by a man (Mr. Goldberg) who has quite recently compared Hilary Clinton to Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Perhaps instead of bemoaning CDS you should try to prevent such syndrome from spreading through the instruments of your own place of employment.


Larry Morris
Tue, 01/29/2008 - 9:52am

YO YO, ...

tim zank
Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:08am

C'mon, at least be intellectually honest. Goldberg explores the definition of fascism and it's basic principles & tenets and how it has been used, but in no way compares the horrors of Hitler & Mussolini directly with Hillary.

Your assumption of the imagined analogy is about as valid as comparing George Bush to Charles Manson because they both like peanut butter on wheat bread.

Actually, if you re-read your post, your second sentence suggests that Leo do exactly (manipulate the story) what you bemoan Goldberg for doing.

Pot, meet kettle.

You must be an art student, as that's an awfully wide brush you like to paint with.

Leo Morris
Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:08am

Yeah, pretty compelling TV, but I think it's going to take a nasty turn or two, yo

Bob G.
Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:16am

That's MISTER pot & MISTER kettle, Tim...(FYI), yo.


(nice use of LATIN, Leo)

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 9:12pm

Yo Yo Ma