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October 22nd, 2004 · No Comments · Politics

Even though our feckless leader has below 50% approval ratings, in my mind that isn’t low enough consider what a piss-poor job he’s done. Even if you support the policies this current administration backs, I would think the complete lack of competence and responsibility would be enough to make even the most partisan person reconsider supporting this president.

So how can anyone consider this election close? How can anyone even think of voting for the nitwit current in the White House?

Turns out it helps a lot if you are ignorant or delusional, or maybe even both. A recent study discovered a strong relationship between living in a fantasy world and believing in George W. Bush:

Remarkably, when asked whether the U.S. should have gone to war without evidence of a WMD program or support to al Qaeda, 58 percent of Bush supporters said no. Moreover, 61 percent said they assumed that Bush would also not have gone to war under those circumstances.

“To support the president and to accept that he took the U.S. to war based on mistaken assumptions likely creates substantial cognitive dissonance and leads Bush supporters to suppress awareness of unsettling information about pre-war Iraq,” Kull says.

In other words, since we shouldn’t have done it if there weren’t WMDs, there must have been WMDs, even if the vast majority of all credible evidence is to the contrary. Wishing makes it so, apparently.

I also think part of Bush’s appeal is that he works “from the gut.” People can understand that approach. That’s how most people work. But most people aren’t President, and running a country, as George pointed out, is “hard work.” But having good intentions and going with your heart isn’t enough to be an effective leader or to execute sound policy. Actually, it seems like that combination has been nothing but a formula for disaster.

Bush reminds me of a corporate boss who is well liked by his peers, but simply fails to deliver. But no one can bring themselves to face the evidence of his incompetence and fire the guy, because they can’t reconcile that such a nice guy could be so bad at his job. Sooner or later, the company tanks. Take a close look at George’s experience in the private sector, and you’ll see that’s pretty much his track record.

One other thing I discovered that Bush supporters seem to have in common. Here’s a recent summary of state polls taken, showing support for the two candidates taken from the great Electoral Vote Predictor site:



Now here’s a map showing the percentage of population with less than nine years of education, taken from Edgetech America:



Gives a whole new meaning to the term “red state.”

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