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Bush Unleashed

I would caution anyone against deluding themselves into believing that a second Bush term won't be so bad. With a majority of the popular vote and expanded margins in the House and Senate, we're going to see Bush Unleashed -- something that will probably be much crazier than what we've seen over the past four years.

UPDATE: See also Matt Welch, "Bush Unbound." It might be funny someday to write something about the utter bankruptcy of a media culture in which Matt and I can have, so far as I can tell, the same opinions about all the issues and yet he's a libertarian journalist and I'm a liberal journalist.

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Comments

Will be interesting to see what happens in a cabinet shuffle.

Posted by: Ugh | Nov 3, 2004 9:38:07 AM

I'm counting on it being bad. I think the Senate has done too good a job in stopping Republican excesses. Let the American people get a taste of what they chosen. Let's see what they think in two years.

Posted by: Evan | Nov 3, 2004 9:39:56 AM

Republicans have plenty of cause for worry, too; What IS Bush going to do, when he doesn't even have to pretend to be a conservative anymore?

But, you know, you've just demonstrated you're not very good judges of what the voters like... Whatcha gonna do, if two years from now it turns out that 51% of the public LIKES "Bush unleashed"?

Posted by: Brett Bellmore | Nov 3, 2004 9:47:48 AM

I repeat, we're so far off the map that Blofeld or Dr. Mabuse make sense as comparisons.

Posted by: Mr. Bill | Nov 3, 2004 9:51:03 AM

Sadly, you're right.

Why does the chorus, "Whoopie! We're all gonna die!" keep cycling through my brain?

Posted by: abf | Nov 3, 2004 9:51:19 AM

Brett: Good question. Given that the majority of his supporters didn't even understand his admin's positions on a lot of stuff, the only rebuttal is the next 4 years will be a test on how well the admin's faith-based neopolicy drivers continue to snow the american people.

What percentage of his base understand what $300B/yr trade deficits are doing to us?

What percentage understand what $500B/yr budget deficits, on top of an already $7.0T+ debt are going to do to us?

You *can* fool some of the people all of the time, alas, but reality is a bitch when it finally breaks down the bubble.

Posted by: Troy | Nov 3, 2004 9:53:56 AM

Well, whatever breaks in the next two years (and there's bound to be a lot), Bush owns.

Don't let the voters forget them in the midterms.

Don't let the voters forget them in 2008.

Frames trump facts and we need better frames.

Posted by: Patrick McLeod | Nov 3, 2004 9:54:49 AM

Hmm... Does the government even have the money for "Bush unleashed"?

Posted by: Andrew Reeves | Nov 3, 2004 9:57:44 AM

I agree with Evan, beginning tommorrow democrats should start writing the story that this is a Republican economy, social system, legal system, and yes, even war. Write editorials, call into talk shows, perhaps blog. America mortgaged its future for moral "values" and that debt will be paid.

Posted by: Jason | Nov 3, 2004 9:57:54 AM

Tuesdays shall be known henceforth as Red Tuesday. All residents of Blue States are legally (and morally) allowed to: skip school/work; shop at Walmart; go to church; learn to play the banjo; and drink crap beer.

Or, if you aren't partial to crap beer, you can quaff a Blue Ohio: mix 5.1 ounces Red Bull and 4.9 ounces Blueberry Schnapps; mix well and serve very, very cold.

Posted by: epoh | Nov 3, 2004 9:59:06 AM

Well I'm still stuck like a dope on this thing called hope (that Kerry can scratch out an electoral victory) the chance is slim but not totally unrealistic, but yeah, I think it's gonna be baaaad if W stays in office, though I hope it'll be just the usual 2nd term scandals and not massively, globally bad (though i don't count that out either).

Posted by: Michael Farris | Nov 3, 2004 9:59:21 AM

Is the Democratic Party transforming itself into a regional political force, rather than a national one? It's sad, but it sure looks like that's what's happening.

Posted by: Scott Ferguson | Nov 3, 2004 10:00:03 AM

Vote or Diebold. Could GWB actually steal it? Got a tin-foil hat? A poster named SoCalDemocrat over at DU (Democrat Underground) has done some excellent screen captures of the altered CNN exit polls in the battlegrounds where the touchscreen voting terminals do NOT have a paper audit trail. They consistantly show a 5% edge for Bushco. Really. SAT level math calculation. LOL. Why contest 150K provisionals when 2M could be flushed into cyberspace?

Posted by: raver | Nov 3, 2004 10:00:12 AM

In more depressing news, it looks like gay bashing was a solid gold election winner, so the optimists that thought this would be a good progressive issue were fooling themselves.

Oh, and I _hate_ Mary Cheney (I predict her name will end up being the gay equivalent of Uncle Tom).

Posted by: Michael Farris | Nov 3, 2004 10:01:33 AM

Well if even the liberal New York times is declaring a Bush "mandate," I'd say we're really and truly fucked.

Posted by: praktike | Nov 3, 2004 10:04:18 AM

Nice to see you are gracious like Kerry in defeat.

Posted by: Ral | Nov 3, 2004 10:04:59 AM

Additionally, get ready for 2006.

Posted by: praktike | Nov 3, 2004 10:06:05 AM

On the bright side, there is some slight prospect of more fiscal discipline: Now that Republicans have expanded their feeble majorities, they can actually afford to lose a few members of their caucus on any given vote, and still win. This drasticly reduces the leverage members have in demanding pork in return for votes.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore | Nov 3, 2004 10:06:07 AM

Here's what will happen: the GOP will pursue the same kind of tactics that they hope will make for a permanent structural majority that they did in Texas. With DeLay re-elected and Stenholm et al bounced, they will feel vindicated and unpunished.

Posted by: praktike | Nov 3, 2004 10:07:34 AM

So rising deficits & fiscal resposibility have not been the Republicans fault? Both houses of Congress & the White House and fiscal 'resposibility' went right out the window. It's only gonna get worse.

Posted by: Brian | Nov 3, 2004 10:08:42 AM

And further: it's time to tell Collins, Chafee, et. al to shit or get off the pot.

Posted by: praktike | Nov 3, 2004 10:09:08 AM

Yes, I think it was a big mistake to write off gay marriage as a non-issue - how did the polls screw up so badly? Bringing this issue to the fore in a crucial election year can now be seen as a major tactical error by gay marriage supporters.

It was probably a major factor in mobilizing the evangelicals, most of whom don't know a deficit from a WMD. The result will be a generation of right-wing judges.

Looks like we're going to get the country we deserve. Oh, well, as a 50-something male, I guess I'll never need an abortion and won't have to worry about getting drafted.

Oh, wait, I've got a son and a daughter!

Posted by: wvmcl | Nov 3, 2004 10:12:21 AM

"Democracy is the theory that the people know what they want, and that they deserve to get it--good and hard."

Posted by: H.L. Mencken | Nov 3, 2004 10:15:24 AM

Bringing this issue to the fore in a crucial election year can now be seen as a major tactical error by gay marriage supporters.

Believe me, the Republicans would have brought this issue to the fore this year whether the gay marriages were decided in '01 or '05 instead of '03. Democrats ran like hell from the issue.

Posted by: Brittain33 | Nov 3, 2004 10:21:27 AM

Let's dust off the old Sour Grapes meme: it's better for Kerry to lose, since Bush's first four years made disaster inevitable. Now Bush owns it all.

Posted by: Grumpy | Nov 3, 2004 10:23:41 AM

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