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Saturday, October 23, 2004

al-Sadr for President?

posted by Jazz at 10/23/2004 04:34:00 PM


This afternoon we need to turn our attention once again to James Wolcott's blog and his recent entry entitled, "Why Anthony Eden Never Wore a Coonskin Cap." Wolcott's premise for this essay is an article by Christopher Hitchens in The Nation, who ponders whether or not the anti-Bush crowd's message of "Anybody But Bush" could include Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a viable choice for president.

"Anybody? Including Muqtada al-Sadr? The chilling answer is, quite often, yes. This is nihilism. Actually, it's nihilism at best. If it isn't treason to the country--let us by all means not go there [yes, let's not]--it is certainly treason to the principles of the left."

The entire thing will make you smile and is well worth your time to read, but here's a short snip. In his usual, unflappable style, Wolcott explains why this wouldn't be feasible.

"First of all, I don't know of any liberals or lefties who brandish the name of Muqtada al-Sadr. This isn't 1968, he isn't Ho Chi Minh, his ragtag militia isn't hailed as a liberation front, and nobody--including me--knows how to pronounce al-Sadr's first name without hurting our teeth. The man simply doesn't come up in cocktail party conversation when we nihilists get together to drink blood."

I'm not a Democrat, but I do oppose Bush. Ever since Michael Moore said that I was a RINO (Republican in Name Only) I have to wonder if this qualifies me for membership in the blood drinking nihilist's club.

Look... Kerry wasn't my first choice for a person to unseat Bush and end this cycle of theocon madness. Hell, he wasn't even my third choice. I'd have much preferred the Dems to pick Wes Clark, or even John Edwards. In an ideal world, we would have risen up prior to the Republican convention, served Bush his notice, and nominated John McCain or Olympia Snowe. Christy Todd Whitman would have even been a good choice. But Kerry is what we were handed, and you have to play the cards you are dealt.

Wolcott makes an excellent point. The phrase "Anybody But Bush" is just that.. a phrase. It's not literal. There are a number of people in this country who might have done an even worse job than Dubya. We could have had Ted Kennedy, or Tom DeLay, or (gulp) Nader. But the Supreme Court gave us Bush, and now the Democrats have given us Kerry.

The cards are dealt. Stop being silly and play your hand.