Saturday, October 16, 2004

"They don't like you."

I've never been so scared by an administration in my life. The Right's fundemental base isn't just against what we on the left stand for, they are against us. Today's must read comes from Ron Suskind in today's New York Times magazine:
But Billington said he ''looked to God'' and said what was in his heart. ''The United States is the greatest country in the world,'' he told the rally. ''President Bush is the greatest president I have ever known. I love my president. I love my country. And more important, I love Jesus Christ.''

The crowd went wild, and they went wild again when the president finally arrived and gave his stump speech. There were Bush's periodic stumbles and gaffes, but for the followers of the faith-based president, that was just fine. They got it -- and ''it'' was the faith.

And for those who don't get it? That was explained to me in late 2002 by Mark McKinnon, a longtime senior media adviser to Bush, who now runs his own consulting firm and helps the president. He started by challenging me. ''You think he's an idiot, don't you?'' I said, no, I didn't. ''No, you do, all of you do, up and down the West Coast, the East Coast, a few blocks in southern Manhattan called Wall Street. Let me clue you in. We don't care. You see, you're outnumbered 2 to 1 by folks in the big, wide middle of America, busy working people who don't read The New York Times or Washington Post or The L.A. Times. And you know what they like? They like the way he walks and the way he points, the way he exudes confidence. They have faith in him. And when you attack him for his malaprops, his jumbled syntax, it's good for us. Because you know what those folks don't like? They don't like you!'' In this instance, the final ''you,'' of course, meant the entire reality-based community.
It's not about ideas or debate of the facts. It's about faith in the President. It's about faith in God. And to them, the two are inseparable. They don't like us. We are evil. But what would you expect from people who consider the facts, look to reality, and read that damn New Yawk Times. To them we might as well be heritics.

We must win on November 2nd, or this idea that "they don't care" will only get bigger, stonger and more overt. The crusade will be extended to the heritics within our own country. God help all of us then.