Thursday, December 29, 2005

A warning to partisans: don't be so partisan.

I have been hearing some criticism that I have not updated quickly enough. The reason for this is that I have been engaged in a process of sincere self-reflection. My conclusion? That those who criticize me are partisans who need to engage in a process of sincere self-reflection.

Similarly, the WaPo reports that
President Bush shifted his rhetoric on Iraq in recent weeks after an intense debate among advisers about how to pull out of his political free fall, with senior adviser Karl Rove urging a campaign-style attack on critics while younger aides pushed for more candor about setbacks in the war, according to Republican strategists.

The result was a hybrid of the two approaches as Bush lashed out at war opponents in Congress, then turned to a humbler assessment of events on the ground in Iraq that included admissions about how some of his expectations had been frustrated. The formula helped Bush regain his political footing as record-low poll numbers began to rebound. Now his team is rethinking its approach to his second term in hopes of salvaging it.
Increased candor about the war is a good idea. The constant stream of good news from Iraq is not being widely reported.

And liberal partisans who criticize the war need to take more note of how successful the war has been. They need to be more candid. Otherwise, they risk being left behind as Bush's approval ratings soar. Take a look at the dramatic gains he has made in the latest Gallup poll!. Compare especially the 12/19-22/05 poll to the 12/5-8/05 numbers.

Clearly, anti-war and anti-Bush partisans are reeling from the onslaught of the nonpartisan Bush truth attack.


Blogger ntodd said...

Whoa, slow down, missy! You're posting way to much, which makes it hard to focus on self-reflection. Are you trying to compete with Atrios?

4:52 PM  
Blogger Atrios said...

Is this where I can get free eclairs?

4:54 PM  
Blogger K. Ron Silkwood said...

Frnakly, I never believed the low poll numbers. Conducted by partisans; answered by partisans; published by partisans. The truth eventually rises to the top of the cesspool.

Thank you for taking a firm truthful stand, Your Blogress.

4:56 PM  
Blogger ntodd said...

Atrios - you must demand eclairs from the wenches or they'll never bring them. And believe me, they ain't free. The wenches or the eclairs...

5:27 PM  
Blogger Aspasia M. said...

Free eclairs for everyone!

Speed stapling!

5:31 PM  
Blogger Ann Altmouse said...

"Eclairs" is clearly a term of partisan sexism. Atrios is trying to inflate his hit count with all this pastry talk. For shame.

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Blogger Fred Woodston said...

Atrios has a long, long way to go to prove to me he cares about creme filled baked goods.

Ann, your brain in your enormohead is a garden I love to wander aimlessly through...

7:08 PM  
Anonymous My ex-husband's stalker said...

and reel they should.

Sadly, they cannot hear Bush's eloquent response to their attack of his need to invade a sovereign country to free all those unfortunate people. Look how much better their lives are now. Next year they will again have running water and electricity every other week.

How can liberals not see this is a good thing? After all, it was only six years ago that Clinton lied.

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Anonymous Galligant Roorback said...

Dearest Ann,
Although the art of your blog may be suffering, I hope that you still able to make time for your other artistic pursuits as you sincerely self-reflect.

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