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Loving the Bush Haters
The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/07/03 | Noemie Emery

Posted on 11/06/2003 9:17:20 PM PST by Pokey78

Is it wrong to take pleasure in the madness George W. Bush induces in his critics? Nope.

I LOVE GEORGE W. BUSH. I worship the man. I wake up every morning glad he is president. When annoyed by small things--traffic, the weather, an overcharge--I say to myself, "President Bush," and at once feel better. I like his worldview. I like his dogs and his wife and his mother. I think he looks cool in his shorts and his t-shirts. But it isn't these things that make my heart flutter: It's that he drives the people I hate the most nuts.

The Germans created the word schadenfreund to describe the pleasure one might feel at the woes of one's allies, but no one has yet coined a word for the happiness that can come to a person when those who annoy him complain. Open the paper, and there they all are: the hard-faced women who refer to abortion as "choice," the soft-faced male writers who look a little too pampered, the actors, the artists, the faculty hotshots, the with-it, the urbane and the urban, the concerned, the refined, the sincere.

They are enraged that someone unlike them has power; enraged because they think he is dumb, and he always outsmarts them; enraged that he pushed back when the Democrats, backed all the way by the Supreme Court of Florida, flooded the state with lawyers after the 2000 election, armed with game plans to subvert the result.

Above all, they are enraged that they can't sell their wrath to the rest of the country, which calmly remains unenraged. So, they write the same book over and over (and buy it in job lots), write the same pieces over and over, and post the same things on the web. I read them all.

And in them I find a perverse satisfaction. If, as Churchill maintains, it is exhilarating to be shot at and missed, it is also enlivening to have your opponent empty both barrels, to more or less meager effect. I read Sidney Blumenthal's mournful account of the Florida recount. I read junior writers at policy journals proclaim with no proof they are smarter than Bush is. I read them all, and I wickedly grin.

I grin because I have been once where they are, and have stood in their sandals myself. Liberals insist Bush exists in their minds as a vast malign presence, a huge psychic drag on their consciousness. I know, I know--I felt exactly the same way about Clinton, back in l999. Shortly later, I was told by a dentist that during the eight year reign of the Clintons, I had been grinding my molars to dust. "I've been grinding my teeth less since Clinton left office," I said, thinking he'd think it was funny. He didn't. His office is on Capitol Hill, and his practice is filled with political people, all gnashing their teeth in a frenzy of outrage.

It's your turn, now, fellas. Grind on!

Noemie Emery is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard.


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1 posted on 11/06/2003 9:17:20 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Howlin; Miss Marple; dighton; JohnHuang2; Sabertooth; MeeknMing; terilyn; summer
Ping.
2 posted on 11/06/2003 9:18:01 PM PST by Pokey78 ("I thought this country was founded on a principle of progressive taxation." Wesley Clark to Russert)
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To: RLK; Old Fud
Here, boys.

One for you!

3 posted on 11/06/2003 9:20:45 PM PST by sinkspur (Adopt a shelter dog or cat! You'll save one life, and maybe two!)
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To: Pokey78
LOL! I must admit I've had those same feelings from time to time.
4 posted on 11/06/2003 9:25:56 PM PST by Flora McDonald (GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS)
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To: Pokey78
HaHaaaaa!

Excellent!

5 posted on 11/06/2003 9:29:03 PM PST by toolbreaker
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To: Pokey78
I propose that we do all we can to further their discomfort. It fair sends me into transports of joy to hear the mornful Puff Daschall entone, "I'm really disappointed..." Good Lord it's like knowing he's got raging hemerroids and nothing to stop the pain.
6 posted on 11/06/2003 9:32:46 PM PST by Adrastus
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To: Pokey78
The emotion she is attempting to describe was best articulated by the Simpson's character Nelson, when he said: Ha-Ha!!
7 posted on 11/06/2003 9:33:29 PM PST by BCrago66
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To: Pokey78
Great read.
8 posted on 11/06/2003 9:36:52 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Pokey78
I LOVE GEORGE W. BUSH. I worship the man. I wake up every morning glad he is president. When annoyed by small things--traffic, the weather, an overcharge--I say to myself, "President Bush," and at once feel better. I like his worldview. I like his dogs and his wife and his mother. I think he looks cool in his shorts and his t-shirts. But it isn't these things that make my heart flutter

Ughhh! At least she didn't offer to wear knee pads.

9 posted on 11/06/2003 9:39:15 PM PST by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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To: Pokey78
There was a reason we would grind our teeth over Clinton. He was a criminal, rapist, and perjurer who allowed our technology to be transferred to the ChiComs. He was and is a polarizing figure. He had to be to survive. He had to convince his side that we were out to get him and the VRWC must be stopped. OKC was used to perfection. He and members of his adminstration are still interfering with foreign policy. They had their chance but won't go away.

Bush is a decent guy. They hate him for that. They got used to a despicable piece of human garbage and thought such should be the standard.

10 posted on 11/06/2003 9:40:56 PM PST by doug from upland (Why aren't the Clintons living out their remaining years on Alcatraz?)
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To: Pokey78
We were never as angry as these Libs are today! But then again in 1994 we took over Congress, and it's been down hill since for the Libs.

Bush is driving them over the edge because he ignores them as he looks at the horizon and refuses to look in the rear view mirror to where they reside and will for years to come.

The Libs have to be worried about their future when they take into account the 2002 midterm elections and now the 2 Governor seats they lost this past tuesday. You would think now that they have reached rock bottom, they would stop digging?

11 posted on 11/06/2003 9:42:28 PM PST by MJY1288 (This is your tagline "Bush/Cheney04", this is your tagline on drugs "AnyOtherChoice/04")
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To: sinkspur
LOL!
12 posted on 11/06/2003 9:50:36 PM PST by MEG33
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To: Reb Raider
You are going to love this.
13 posted on 11/06/2003 9:54:12 PM PST by MEG33
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To: MJY1288
You would think now that they have reached rock bottom, they would stop digging?

Only thing I can figure, is they're digging for the light on the other side. Only problem is, they gotta go through hell first!

14 posted on 11/06/2003 9:59:16 PM PST by hunter112
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To: Pokey78

15 posted on 11/06/2003 10:00:27 PM PST by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: MJY1288
WE may have picked up a few Governors, but we are getting our a$$ kicked in the Judge department and that kinder gentler $hit is getting us Democrats on the Senate Select Committee using us against us (Rockefellar needs to be drop kicked off that Committee, not asked to resign, he needs to be de-briefed in a dark room with a bright light in his face and no recent memory of being able to feel his hands, feet, arms or legs) he can make up his own mind about resigning the Senate, AFTER he gets his mind right.
16 posted on 11/06/2003 10:02:31 PM PST by TexasTransplant (If you can read this, Thank a Teacher. If this is in English, Thank a Soldier)
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To: sinkspur
I always thought lemmings were a fable until I witnessed CommiecRats and BJ clinton. These people didn't have parents who warned them about following friends who jump off bridges (to the 21st century)!

Pray for GW and the Truth

17 posted on 11/06/2003 10:05:40 PM PST by bray (The Wicked Witch of NY is dooming the Dems!)
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To: Pokey78
Grind on!
18 posted on 11/06/2003 10:06:01 PM PST by PRND21
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To: TexasTransplant
That sounded a lot harsher than intended, I am happy about not having to say President Gore.
19 posted on 11/06/2003 10:15:53 PM PST by TexasTransplant (If you can read this, Thank a Teacher. If this is in English, Thank a Soldier)
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To: PRND21
Wow I have had the same experience at my dentists,my teeth are doing great now..
20 posted on 11/06/2003 10:16:49 PM PST by woofie
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To: Brian S
I know you'll just love this one,Brian!
21 posted on 11/06/2003 10:53:56 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: Big Steve; deport; blackie; nickcarraway; Salvation
Liberals insist Bush exists in their minds as a vast malign presence, a huge psychic drag on their consciousness. I know, I know--I felt exactly the same way about Clinton, back in l999. Shortly later, I was told by a dentist that during the eight year reign of the Clintons, I had been grinding my molars to dust. "I've been grinding my teeth less since Clinton left office," I said, thinking he'd think it was funny. He didn't. His office is on Capitol Hill, and his practice is filled with political people, all gnashing their teeth in a frenzy of outrage. I think you'll get a real kick out of this article! Made me smile.
22 posted on 11/06/2003 10:58:06 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: woofie
So are mine. I had to wear a nightgaurd, all through the Clinton madness.
23 posted on 11/06/2003 10:59:26 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
I too can relate. Never grinded my teeth. But I would lay awake at night fantasizing about some brave soul from within the Clinton administration coming forward to expose all the lies and crimes before a Senate committee. He and his wife even tormented me in my dreams.

I think everyone has a worst Clinton moment. Mine was the eve before the House vote on Clinton's Impeachment. I was driving home from work and the News came on and said that Clinton had just launched operation Desert Fox against Iraq. I pulled my car off I95 and sat in the dark and the rain in a rest area for about 20 minutes to compose myself and to make sure that what I had heard was correct. The next day Democrats were trying to stall the vote because we were "at war" and it would be "unpatriotic" to not support him. When some Republicans actually dared to question the timing the media pounced on them! Those were my "Days of Rage."

24 posted on 11/06/2003 11:13:19 PM PST by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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To: Burkeman1
I had many a " day of rage ", during the Clinton nightmare and yes, truthfully, I ground my teeth. I also used to scream at the T.V., the radio, and whatever newspaper I had at hand; sometimes all at the same time. :-(

Thank GOD, that those days of horror are over.

25 posted on 11/06/2003 11:16:45 PM PST by nopardons
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To: nopardons
There was a great essay written by a Freeper in the early days that basically dealt with the trauma that Clinton caused him on a daily basis. I wish I had saved it. Rjayne had made it an Essay of the Week. It was a great one.
26 posted on 11/06/2003 11:20:49 PM PST by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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To: Burkeman1
I remember that and yes, it was special.

Actually,most of us " old timers " came to FR, because of the Clinton truama. At least we had company here and misery loves company. It was far worse to have to deal with all of that garbage alone.

27 posted on 11/06/2003 11:30:29 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Pokey78
One thing concerns me--my "remote" finger is degenerating because of the Bush administration. I used to make dives for the remote to change the channel whenever the rapist's bloated face came on the screen. Those dives would have made a NHL goalie weep with envy.
28 posted on 11/07/2003 2:51:51 AM PST by NYpeanut (gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, "Why did you lie to me?")
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To: Mo1
Loved the toon!
29 posted on 11/07/2003 3:03:47 AM PST by SeeRushToldU_So (Texas Rocks, huh Tex?)
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To: TexasTransplant
WE may have picked up a few Governors, but we are getting our a$$ kicked in the Judge department

Oh yeah? So there's been a plethora of liberal judges being confirmed?

30 posted on 11/07/2003 5:23:16 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: NYpeanut
One thing concerns me--my "remote" finger is degenerating because of the Bush administration. I used to make dives for the remote to change the channel whenever the rapist's bloated face came on the screen.

I had a similar problem involving cramping and my middle finger(s).

31 posted on 11/07/2003 5:24:32 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Pokey78; Alamo-Girl; onyx; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; dixiechick2000; SusanUSA; ...
Loving the Bush Haters

Excerpt:

Is it wrong to take pleasure in the madness George W. Bush induces in his critics? Nope.

< snip >

The Germans created the word schadenfreund to describe the pleasure one might feel at the woes of one's allies, but no one has yet coined a word for the happiness that can come to a person when those who annoy him complain. Open the paper, and there they all are: the hard-faced women who refer to abortion as "choice," the soft-faced male writers who look a little too pampered, the actors, the artists, the faculty hotshots, the with-it, the urbane and the urban, the concerned, the refined, the sincere.

They are enraged that someone unlike them has power; enraged because they think he is dumb, and he always outsmarts them; enraged that he pushed back when the Democrats, backed all the way by the Supreme Court of Florida, flooded the state with lawyers after the 2000 election, armed with game plans to subvert the result.


Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my General Interest ping list!. . .don't be shy.


32 posted on 11/07/2003 6:59:27 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: nopardons
Rush is the one who helped me through the Clinton days. I didn't even know there was a Free Republic until we were waiting to see who won the Florida recount... Talk about a life-saver!!
33 posted on 11/07/2003 7:06:47 AM PST by livesbygrace
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To: Pokey78
......"And in them I find a perverse satisfaction........."
those who find GW so dumb , and yet he outsmarts them,etc., etc.

How sweet it is.

34 posted on 11/07/2003 7:24:02 AM PST by prognostigaator
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To: MeeknMing
Bump!
35 posted on 11/07/2003 8:13:18 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: MeeknMing
Great article. Thanks, MnM. I started lurking during the clinton "Reign of Terror". During the election fiasco, all I could do was read FR and refresh. This was my lifeline. I was so terrified during that time that we would completely lose this country. Now I have some hope. Course, I keep hoping that little tommy and babs keep being saddened and disappointed. It sure works for me!!

TC

36 posted on 11/07/2003 8:25:28 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: MeeknMing
Her column is a refreshing read, but I take their treachery too serious to laugh at them.
37 posted on 11/07/2003 8:42:40 AM PST by onyx
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To: Pokey78; JohnGalt; billbears; Burkeman1
I LOVE GEORGE W. BUSH. I worship the man.

What, no BARF alert? Respect for a leader is one thing--worship is reserved for God.

38 posted on 11/07/2003 8:43:23 AM PST by sheltonmac
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To: sheltonmac
Who was the reporter that said she would perform certian "favors" on Bill Clinton?
39 posted on 11/07/2003 8:45:07 AM PST by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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To: sheltonmac; JohnGalt; billbears
Nina Burleigh- remember her?

http://www.rightgrrl.com/sexforacause.html
40 posted on 11/07/2003 8:52:24 AM PST by Burkeman1 ((If you see ten troubles comin down the road, Nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.))
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To: Burkeman1
Nina Burleigh Tuesday July 7, 1998 (Vol. Three; No. 106) Reporter Offers Clinton a Blewinsky; GOP Candidates Hit as Too Far Right
41 posted on 11/07/2003 8:56:12 AM PST by JohnGalt (""Nothing happened on 9/11 to make the federal government more competent.")
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To: sheltonmac
When annoyed by small things--traffic, the weather, an overcharge--I say to myself, "President Bush," and at once feel better.

That's just sick. When small things bother me, I pray to God and He comforts me. Deification of a human leader is against practically everything the Founders stood for. But heck most of what the national government is today is against what the Founders stood for. Just one more thing to add to the list.

42 posted on 11/07/2003 9:00:24 AM PST by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: sinkspur
Here, boys.

One for you!

Poking the bear again, are we?

43 posted on 11/07/2003 9:05:07 AM PST by reformed_democrat
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To: Lady In Blue
"It's that he drives the people I hate the most nuts."

Ain't that the truth! :)

GWB Is The Man!

44 posted on 11/07/2003 9:48:58 AM PST by blackie
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To: Pokey78; doug from upland
They are enraged that he pushed back when the Democrats, backed all the way by the Supreme Court of Florida, flooded the state with lawyers after the 2000 election, armed with game plans to subvert the result.

Factually, it was James A. Baker the 3rd and his group of lawyers that called the RATS on all of their B.S. manipulative requests/lies and forced the SCOTUS to reprimand the Florida Supreme Court. David Boies and his merry group of lawyers couldn't outwit the way the constitution was written. The RAT party presently offers no ideas – other than to preserve and protect the welfare-regulatory state status quo at all costs. NOTHING. Case Closed. Period.

45 posted on 11/07/2003 11:05:20 AM PST by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: I_be_tc; onyx; yall
Re #36-37: Yep ! Thanks ...

We can look forward to another 5 years in the White House, imho ...


46 posted on 11/07/2003 11:32:10 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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To: MeeknMing
YES! Yes, Meek, wonderful post.
47 posted on 11/07/2003 11:34:36 AM PST by onyx
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To: sheltonmac; Pokey78; JohnGalt; billbears; Burkeman1
What, no BARF alert? Respect for a leader is one thing--worship is reserved for God.

I believe she was parodying the infamous Jonathan Chait "I Hate George W. Bush" article with that paragaph.

48 posted on 11/07/2003 11:54:09 AM PST by Timesink
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To: MeeknMing
Someone with the site design skills needs to start the site: www.terroristsfordemocrats.com
49 posted on 11/07/2003 12:15:39 PM PST by doug from upland (Why aren't the Clintons living out their remaining years on Alcatraz?)
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To: doug from upland
hehe !

50 posted on 11/07/2003 2:43:56 PM PST by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/Redistricting)
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