Monday, December 22, 2008
Comforter in Chief
I have a couple of friends at work who are rabid Obama supporters, and just as rabid Bush haters. Suffer from BDS severely. Conversations with them are difficult, as they feel it is necessary to demonize and personally attack Bush.
I don't like Obama's politics, as he has stated them. However, I think he's probably a pretty OK guy. He seems to get along with his wife and his daughters seem great. He would probably be a pretty good neighbor. Share a couple of beers, throw a couple of steaks on the grill, go to the gym.
I don't hate Obama. I don't have any particular personal feeling for the guy. Actually, with the way his politics seem to be falling out since the election, I don't think he's going to be as bad as we thought. Bad, sure enough, but not that bad.
And that seems to be the way most McCain supporters are coming down. Come to think of it, that's the way conservatives/Republicans always come down. Feelings get hot during the campaign, but then we settle down, work the politics and try again next time.
Lefties, OTOH, get so caught up in the hate that they can't seem to separate the person from the politics. The hate is so strong that they can't allow the opposition to have any human qualities, be about anything good.
Since the election, the press has deigned to allow us to find out that Bush won the war in Iraq. More and more articles are coming out about how soldiers and their families actually supported the mission in Iraq.
Now we have this article about Bush and Cheney and their support for the wounded troops. President Bush actually personally wrote the families of each soldier who died. Astounding.
What will this do to BDS? Oh, they'll probably claim that President Bush released this in an effort to clean up his image.