by Max Brantley
It's all about Bush, as Paul Krugman makes abundantly clear in a smoking hot column about the importance of Democrats taking back at least one house Tuesday.
At this point, nobody should have any illusions about Mr. Bush’s character. To put it bluntly, he’s an insecure bully who believes that owning up to a mistake, any mistake, would undermine his manhood — and who therefore lives in a dream world in which all of his policies are succeeding and all his officials are doing a heckuva job. Just last week he declared himself “pleased with the progress we’re making” in Iraq.
In other words, he’s the sort of man who should never have been put in a position of authority, let alone been given the kind of unquestioned power, free from normal checks and balances, that he was granted after 9/11. But he was, alas, given that power, as well as a prolonged free ride from much of the news media.
The results have been predictably disastrous.
The people are catching on. But between John Kerry, the well-timed Saddam verdict, attacks on critics' patriotism, and the looming possibility of more vote suppression and outright fraud, a Democratic victory is by no means assured Tuesday. Even then, Krugman writes, Bush's willigness to ignore law and constitution cannot be underestimated. That's how bad things are. That's how important Tuesday is.
Brummett, meanwhile, in his column for national readers, replays the Kerry blunder. Won't he just go away?