So, Vice President Check goes to the Auschwitz remembrance ceremony wearing a heavy olive-drab parka over his suit.
Oh, the humanity!
There is apparently much gnashing of teeth among the cool kids over this supposed fashion faux pas.
Whatever personal affection I have for members of the Bush administration comes from the fact that from head guy on down, they are a bunch of uncool dorks.
I like that because I too am an uncool dork. Just ask my children.
Bush can’t give a speech to save his life. I mean, he tries, but I don’t think he really ever pulls it off. I would rather have a fork scraped repeatedly across my teeth than listen to one of his speeches waiting for a gaffe or one of his patented mistimed pauses. Cheney is worse in some ways. Listening to him is like being lectured on fire evacuation procedures by the guy from accounting.
I learned a long time ago that being suave and articulate have nothing to do with intelligence or competence. In fact, I decided that people with a really good verbal turn of phrase, neat dress and ready answer for everything probably worked in marketing and should be shot on sight.
I think Bush enrages so many people on the Left precisely because he is their polar opposite in so many ways. They are highly articulate — in fact many leftists make their living via some form of expression. Bush is probably the worst speaker of any president in the last 100 years. They’re educated in the humanities. Bush is an MBA. They revel in style, fashion and high culture. Bush’s tastes are relentlessly bourgeois.
Leftists like to think of themselves as an intellectual elite. The fact that Bush has succeeded to the most powerful political office in the world calls into question the premise that their intellect, education and articulation truly make them superior. If the “idiot chimp” can defeat them time and again, what does that say about them?
Maybe, just maybe, it means that elites don’t exist and that the Left is at best just one of many classes of specialists, each with no better grasp of reality than the others. Maybe it means there isn’t just one way to be an intelligent and successful human being. Maybe it means we don’t need any sort of elite group to run our lives.
Nah, that would be uncool.