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Just after the 2006 election, we had a rush of hope if not confidence. But all that is gone now. Our great leader (great because he leads a great nation) not only ignored the will of the American public, but that of his best advisors, themselves with great track records. Evidently their recomendations do not mesh with his view of the world.

We quote from Harold Meyerson, "Our Delusional Hedgehog" -- Washington Post, 24 Jan 2007:

The decline in Bush's support to Watergate-era Nixonian depths since he announced that his new Iraq policy was his old Iraq policy, only more so, stems, I suspect, from three conclusions that the public has reached about the president and his war. The first, simply, is that the war is no longer winnable and, worse, barely comprehensible since it has evolved into a Sunni-Shiite conflict. The second is that Bush, in all matters pertaining to his war, is a one-trick president who keeps doing the same thing over and over, never mind that it hasn't worked. In Isaiah Berlin's typology of leaders, Bush isn't merely a hedgehog who knows one thing rather than many things. He's a delusional hedgehog who knows one thing that isn't so.

"The third, and politically most dangerous, conclusion is that Bush appears genuinely indifferent to the electoral judgment of the American people, who seem to believe that they are, in some vague sense, sovereign, at least on Election Day. The Post-ABC News poll released Monday, in which Bush's approval rating had sunk to a record-low 33 percent, also showed a corollary decline in the public's assessment of Bush's personal attributes. The two questions about Bush's personal qualities on which he polled the lowest, and that most closely mirrored his overall approval rating, concerned his willingness "to listen to different points of view" (36 percent) and his understanding of "the problems of people like you" (32 percent). Turns out that if you blow off the clear mandate of a national election, people actually notice."

We are neither mind readers nor seers, but what are we to make of the above and the following additional clues?

  • Smooth and engaging on TV, never misses the photo-op
  • Arrogant, ignores world opinion and disregards will of his electorate
  • Loses no sleep
  • Self centered
  • Puts form ahead of substance
  • Accepts reality grudgingly; ignores facts or reads them wrongly

Could we be in more trouble than we know? It is entirely possible. John Dean has formed an opinion.

Of course the political worm has turned, even if it is ignored--what does the man have to lose? Two more years is time enough for great mischief--the kind that turns history, upsets equilibria, sets back humankind. The down-side of Meyerson's article is enough to send shivers down one's spine. His choice of title is no accident; it fits admirably well.


American society defines their political will as the vote totals. The Supreme Court prevented the most accurate count of the Florida votes in 2000. But the national vote went for Gore, hence he was the choice, the will of the people.

For why the will of the people matters see:

Posted by RoadToPeace on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 at 13:35:24

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