Wednesday, November 03, 2004

First Entry

11/3/04 AM, or for the context-challenged, the day after the '04 elections. My main concern is with the presidential election, as my uninformed nature and damnable lack of focus prevents me from paying attention to congressional or state office elections.

At this moment, Kerry has not conceded. That may happen soon, but for the moment there is still some hope that he'll be the next president.

Since the post-election analysis has already begun, I wanted to get a few thoughts down before any story lines get thrown around as conventional wisdom.

Seems to me one of the most significant aspects of Bush's success is the misinformation among his supporters. Sorry I don't have a citation here, but there was a poll recently showing that the majority of his supporters believe that Iraq has WMD, that Hussein had something to do with 9/11, etc. Stuff that's been refuted by, you know, objective news reports, bipartisan commissions, professional analysis.

If you believe these things, why wouldn't you support the guy?

I ain't knowledgeable enough to say what the cause of the misinformation is (a lame cop-out that you can expect to see more of on this site). But Bush and his administration bear a big responsibility for it. A big part of his success is dishonesty and misdirection. And that should be considered a big part of his legacy.


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