Thursday, October 26, 2017

The "Redemption" of George W. Bush

Can we not?
Apparently, Dems now have a 51/42 favorable view of George W. Bush, and this favorability increases by age. That is, people who actually fucking lived through the Bush II years are more likely to have a favorable opinion of the man.

Back in November of 2016, I warned:
 "[R]emember that this normalization of Trump will make other Republicans who are no less deplorable, yet who are more subtle in their bigotries, seem normal, decent, and better by comparison.
Remember that they are not"
Remember two things as people on social media boast about the popularity of this or that white man:

The misogyny and racism leading to the rise of Trump have been deeply, profoundly stupid.

Coming in at a close second is the way so many people in the US will not only accept, but like, a white man - even if he's a dangerous incompetent bigot - as long as he can sufficiently perform "I'm just an ordinary guy."

Related Throwback Thursday: In January 2009, I wrote a harsh farewell post to George W. Bush. I stand by most of it. But, oh what a sweet summer child I was here:
"In the post-9/11 world, by electing Barack Obama, I think in our own American way we've chosen to grow up a little."

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