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By Geoff Metcalf

November 17, 2003

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in time of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality." -Dante, 'The Inferno'

Partisan driven liberal democrats and all nine wannabe presidential pretenders have been sailing down the river of denial for months.

Lacking vision, message, or viable solutions they have regressed into a sticky, foul-smelling, muck of chronic Bush-bashing.

Back in August I wrote, I had increasingly come to believe that the Bush administration is setting up would-be/wannabe Democratic presidential contenders for a crippling reality check. With each passing week I become more convinced the Bush-bashing Brigade is destined for a political sonic wedgie.

The latest epiphany in 'The Weekly Standard' is yet another brick (or capstone) to the wall that will protect the Bush presidency from partisan thugs throwing excrement like monkeys in a zoo.

I wrote in August (and believe today) the Bush administration is sandbagging and setting up the entire Democrat field of candidates for evisceration.

The Dems had best pull out 'Plan B' or they will wake up in November grumbling "That s.o.b. Zell Miller was right?" If they won't listen to Miller, maybe they could heed the words of Leo Trotsky, "�most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.

The anti-Bush hooligans have been puking "righteous indignation?" over the same (and routine) talking points:

  • Bush mislead us into attacking Iraq
  • Saddam wasn't 'really' an imminent threat (except to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis he stuffed in mass graves).
  • No one can prove any connection between al Qaeda and Hussein
  • Saddam is still alive and eluding capture
  • Osama is still alive and eluding capture
  • Bush was unprepared to the occupation phase in Iraq
  • Bush is bad�Democrats, and specifically me (insert one of nine) is good.

We remain a year from the 2004 Presidential election. A lot can and will happen in the next ten to eleven months.

What is amazing is the inability, diffidence, or unwillingness of the liberal elite to recognize and acknowledge how epically weak their 'stuff' is. If they have a Plan B, now is the time to start to insinuate it and attrite the stale, ineffective Bush-bashing. Sure it might play well to the far left...still whining about how an annoying constitutional impediment could deny the winner of the popular vote the office they feel was 'stolen' by judicial finesse. But that dog ain't gonna hunt in the south�OR with the 'majority middle' with whom Dems are so monumentally out of touch.

The usual suspect Democrats may consider Zell Miller a gadfly and a disloyal bastard�but ultimately, inevitably, it is not a question of WHO is right or wrong but WHAT is right or wrong.

As galling as it may be to the leftist crowd, they have been, and are wrong.

No WMD: Back in mid-July David Kay, the Pentagon chief weapons honcho, reported uncovering what was described as a "mother lode" of documents in Iraq. The documents reportedly detail Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program. Apparently, Club Saddam was anal compulsive about documenting stuff. Kay, told Tom Brokaw, "I've already seen enough to convince me." 10/204348.shtml

No Iraq-Terrorist connection: The November 24th issue of 'The Weekly Standard' eviscerates that claim. Stephen F. Hayes writes, "OSAMA BIN LADEN and Saddam Hussein had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, logistical support for terrorist attacks, al Qaeda training camps and safe haven in Iraq, and Iraqi financial support for al Qaeda--perhaps even for Mohamed Atta--according to a top secret U.S. government memorandum obtained by THE WEEKLY STANDARD�The picture that emerges is one of a history of collaboration between two of America's most determined and dangerous enemies."

We can't find Saddam OR bin Laden: Task Force 121 will find both bad guy honchos before the election�dead or alive.

Intelligence was 'misused' to manipulate the American people: Intelligence is one of many tools available to the President. Intelligence IS a tool � like a hammer, a screwdriver or a gun. Intelligence 'contributes' to building policy, but ultimately policy is a product of leadership (a characteristic alien to the rent a mob gangs). And by the by�unless or until Senator Jay Rockefeller either resigns his committee seat or offers up a scapegoat�THAT scab is best not picked at. hives/articles/2003/7/14/ 162204.shtml

Issac Asimov once wrote, "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent." That was certainly true for Saddam Hussein, and it seems likewise true for the rhetorical vitriol of the partisan Bush-bashers.

� 2003 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

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"I wrote in August (and believe today) the Bush administration is sandbagging and setting up the entire Democrat field of candidates for evisceration."