Friday, November 11

PRESIDENT BUSH IS AN HONEST MAN OF HIGH PERSONAL INTEGRITY (SAY 4 OF 10 AMERICANS)

Unlike 6 in 10 Americans (and proudly so, I should add), I'm neither duped nor swayed by the do-nothing, obstructionist, vitriolic-dripping, Kennedy-Reid-Schumer-Pelosi-Boxer-Durbin cabal conspirators who are doing their damnest, buttressed by a patently biased mainstream media led by the duplicitous New York Times, to undermine the Bush presidency and to paint a good and decent man as something he is not -- a liar. Unlike 6 in 10 Americans, God knows otherwise.

To read this poll this morning one would think that White House security had to extract a female intern out from under the president's Oval Office desk yesterday and that he's prepared to lie under oath before a grand jury while pontificating on what the meaning of the verb is is. To read this poll this morning one would think that the president has been sitting on his hands since 9/11, in the anti-military tradition of his predecessor, unwilling to engage the enemy and take the battle to the terrorists. Indeed, 6 in 10 Americans (actually 600 in a sampling of 1,000) must be confused and thinking that the unanswered attack on the U.S.S. Cole occurred on George W. Bush's watch, rather than on Bill Clinton's. Indeed, 6 in 10 Americans -- good-hearted, but clearly befuddled fellow citizens -- must think it is First Lady Laura Bush who has suffered the heartache of countless spousal infidelities, not Hillary Clinton (or Jacqueline Kennedy before her). More vexing, it must be 6 in 10 Americans who think it was George W. Bush who left campaign worker, Mary Joe Kopechne, to drown in a submerged automobile in a shallow pond off the Pike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. Incredulously, it must be 6 in 10 Americans who think that George W. Bush called his former squeeze, Paula Jones, "trailer trash" and set out to ruin her life (unlike the admirable FDR, who continued his affair with Lucy Mercer despite Eleanor's protestations and had her at his side when he died in Warm Springs, Georgia, in 1945).

To read this poll this morning, one would think 6 in 10 Americans are convinced that in a word association game, the Bush name is attached to Watergate, not Nixon's. To read this poll this morning, one would think that 6 in 10 Americans refuse to allow that the much-respected patriot Dwight David Eisenhower never tried to deceive this nation or its principal enemy about high-altitude, spy surveillance overflights in the interest of national security, but that George W. Bush purposefully twisted and contorted 100% reliable CIA-intelligence to go after a benign dictator in Iraq. To read this poll this morning, one would think that 6 in 10 Americans remain irrevocably convinced that LBJ's Gulf of Tonkin incident was as real as the sun rising in the morning, but that torture chambers in Iraq were as much a fiction as the chemical massacre of the Kurds.

To read the poll this morning, one would think that 6 in 10 Americans are willing to follow the bell sheep of the Democratic Party -- Edward M. Kennedy -- into the future, paragon of personal character and integrity that he is. To read the poll this morning, one would think 6 in 10 Americans regret that but for Ohio, the resolute, decisive, combat-hardened, consumate legislator, John F. Kerry, would be leading us now. Indeed, to read the poll this morning, one would think 6 in 10 Americans regret that but for Florida and the United States Supreme Court, the mentally-stable, low-key, inventor of the Internet (and inspiration for the poignant movie, "Love Story") would have kept us out of Iraq and ushered the United States into an era of sublime socialism.

But, to read this poll this morning, must not one wonder why a party relentlessly branding George W. Bush an inveterate liar day in and day out, flanked by CNN's and MSNBC's jaded 24/7 cable news, is on the threshold in just three years' time of nominating for its presidential candidate a woman who William Safire of the New York Times chastised convincingly as a congenital liar? Wonder if 6 in 10 American voters in 2008 will take a village and content themselves that a pillar of virtue and probity will occupy the Oval office come January, 2009?

Gee, suddenly being in the minority is comforting. I'm proud to be one of four, rather than six of ten. Besides, I never fashioned myself as one to be led around with a ring in his nose and to buy into the left-of-Left bullshit of the day.