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Targeted Gloating - YEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAA!
NRO.com ^ | 11-03-04 | John Derbyshire

Posted on 11/03/2004 3:53:29 AM PST by veronica

YEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAA!

At the time of writing — 1:45 A.M. Wednesday morning — George W. Bush needs just one Electoral College vote to get him over the top. I'm going to take this as a done deal, and start gloating.

Now, gloating is of course bad — coarse, heartless, insensitive, and ill-mannered. Magnanimity in victory, that's the thing. Humility, grace, gentlemanly forbearance, there but for the grace of God...

YEEEEEEEE-HAAAAAAAAA!

Sorry, sorry. I was saying... Yes, gloating. Definitely uncouth, undoubtedly bad manners. Still, the fact that the good Lord gave us the capacity for bad manners suggest to me that He meant us to use that capacity — in a properly measured and carefully targeted way, of course. So let's talk about targeted gloating, precision gloating. There are, I mean to say, people who deserve to be gloated at, and people who don't.

John Kerry is in the latter category. He wasn't my guy, and I think he would have been a lousy president. What he did back in '71 was disgraceful and inexcusable. He's a pompous, stuck up, do-you-know-who-I-am? walking entitlement catalog. Still, he campaigned with energy and determination, and mainly with good manners. Nice try, John. No gloating at you.

No gloating at John Edwards, either. He trod lightly on the electoral earth, not even delivering his won state for Kerry. I feel his name and face slipping from my mental inventory already. John who? Not worth a gloat.

I'm not even much inclined to gloat at the media shills who, under the cloak of high-minded, objective journalistic professionalism, did all they could to help Kerry get elected. Sure, they are dishonest. It's the kind of dishonesty that mostly consists of deceiving yourself, though. These aren't fundamentally bad people. I'll even allow that they are patriotic, by their own lights. And, they are pitiful in a way — the way the dinosaurs were pitiful when the sharp-witted little mammals who would eventually inherit the earth were scampering around between their feet, no doubt annoying the heck out of them. Watching the bloggers bring down Dan Rather was of course royal fun, but it was also a spectacle tinged with melancholy.

In fact, I can't even summon up much of a gloat for the Hollywood lefties. They are too stupid, their opinions too vaporous. Who really cares about them? "Vagabonds and strumpets," was the old English view of the acting profession, and I think this is one we got right back then.

That still leaves us plenty of gloat-worthy targets, though. I am going to have no compunction about gloating at Michael Moore, who has done more to boost anti-Americanism world-wide than Farrah Fawcett did for big hair. I was talking to some young English people the other day. They didn't know much about U.S. politics, and half of what they knew came from watching Fahrenheit 911. They knew there was something fishy about that movie, and giggled in a slightly embarrassed way as they played back the opinions they had picked up from it; but those were in fact their opinions faute de mieux, and some of them will stick. In cultures yet further removed from our own — in China, in Latin America, in India, in the Muslim Middle East — Moore's poisonous brew is swallowed without a hiccup, and has become the stuff that "everybody knows..."

Nor do I have any reservations about gloating at George Soros, who has squandered stupendous sums of money in a lost cause.

Then there's the foreigners: the Guardian and Independent newspapers and the BBC in England, the French and the Greeks, Kofi Annan and Mohammed El Baradei...and of course that Friendly Giant to the North. How incredible it must seem to them, to these self-styled sophisticates, that a crude, swaggering boor like George W. Bush should retain the affections of his countrymen after all his crimes and blunders! Well, deal. You're stuck with an honest to God (literally) American conservative — and a conservative America — for another four years. Get used to it.

The big gloat, though, must be directed at our enemies. How they wanted Kerry to win! How they must be sunk in gloom in their caves and hideouts and seedy rented rooms! They knew that, for all his podium salutes and tough talk, Kerry would be another Jimmy Carter, another groveller, another guilt-addled cringing apologizer for America's sins, past and present. Now, instead of a boneless wonder, they are faced with a resolute and determined opponent, a commander-in-chief who actually inspires his troops, and who knows that, as Winston Churchill usefully noted, you can't win wars without fighting.

O.K., Iowa looks good. We're home and dry. There might be some lawyering in our future, but I don't believe the country will stand for much of it — and look at the popular vote. We've won; we're over the top. Let the gloating begin!


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: derbyshire; gloat; gloating; johnderbyshire

1 posted on 11/03/2004 3:53:30 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica

2 posted on 11/03/2004 3:54:58 AM PST by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: veronica

I would suggested an oscillating shotgun pattern.

Gloat everything that moves!


3 posted on 11/03/2004 3:56:57 AM PST by Stallone (Mainstream Media is dead. I helped kill it.)
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To: veronica

bump


4 posted on 11/03/2004 3:59:22 AM PST by GeronL (Congratulations Bush on your re-election VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: veronica

One of the best absolute things about this campaign is watching the money of soros going down the toilet.


5 posted on 11/03/2004 4:02:39 AM PST by freeangel (freeangel)
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To: veronica
FIRST PRESIDENT IN 16-YEARS TO BREAK 50% POPULAR VOTE!

           

6 posted on 11/03/2004 4:03:20 AM PST by drpix
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To: veronica

GOAT! GLOAT! GLOAT! SMILE! SMILE!
TAKE THAT, HOLLYWOOD WHITE TRASH!
TAKE THAT, MICHAEL MOORE AND ALL THOSE POOR EXCUSES FOR HUMANS THAT FOLLOW YOU AROUND (WHAT A STINK THAT MUST BE)!

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 11/03/2004 4:04:46 AM PST by Virginia Queen (Virginia Queen)
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To: veronica

Sounds like a new Olympic Sport...What's the degree of difficulty ?


8 posted on 11/03/2004 4:05:07 AM PST by Bandaneira (The Third Temple/House for All Nations/World Peace Centre...Coming Soon...)
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To: veronica

Kerry, Edwards & Daschle: Senators no more! If ANYONE....deserves to be gloated at, it's these three! WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!! GLoat, gloat, gloat!!!!!


9 posted on 11/03/2004 4:05:28 AM PST by scojo (Senators No More! The Three Unwise Men!)
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To: veronica
So much for all that bull about Kerry -- The Comeback Kid. LOL!

He's a soulless loser!

I feel sorry for the goose!

10 posted on 11/03/2004 4:06:36 AM PST by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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To: Pukin Dog; Long Cut; hchutch
OK, NATOPS question here: What's the "never-exceed" Gloatmax for winning the election?
11 posted on 11/03/2004 4:07:22 AM PST by Poohbah (SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER...SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER)
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To: B-Chan
Can someone post that photoshop job of Kerry holding a paper that says, "Bush Wins"???

Please!

12 posted on 11/03/2004 4:07:46 AM PST by beyond the sea (ab9usa4uandme)
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To: veronica

On this day, I too am proud to be an American. Despite the unbelievable amount of spin and hate and media distortion and collusion and falsehoods put forth - ordinary Americans turned out in record numbers for a Bush a win and a win with a strong Mandate.

We can finally stop hearing that Bush 'stole' the election or that Americans don't support Bush or his policies. George Bush IS the United States of America.

Americans BELIEVE in the Conservative party platform. It was what this country was founded on and what makes it great.

Our enemies, from N Korea to Iran to Osama are heartbroken. Our brave allies are joyful. We will stay the course on the war on Terror, we will not waver and we will not fail. Peace in the world is now much more likely. We will stay in Iraq until the job is done and it is free and prosperous.

The Democratic party platform of foreign policy appeasement, economic isolationism, union cronism and big government is broken. It MUST reform because the country has turned the corner and will not look back on them.

I am confident history will judge Bush well. Let us hope he accomplishes as much as I thnk he will in his second term.

It was a night of Red White and Blue with no 'Pale Pastels'.


13 posted on 11/03/2004 4:07:59 AM PST by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/johnkerry.htm)
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To: Poohbah
In that Gloat-max is a zero-G condition, I believe there are no structural limitations on this maneuver. I believe we can gloat until we get bored from it. Gloat's on!
14 posted on 11/03/2004 4:11:01 AM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog; Long Cut; hchutch
Gloat's on!

OK, gloating away merrily!

15 posted on 11/03/2004 4:14:56 AM PST by Poohbah (SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER...SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER)
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To: Poohbah
Man, have you ever had a better morning? This is going to be such a wonderful day. I believe Kerry will be forced to concede. Oh, the rapture.....
16 posted on 11/03/2004 4:16:23 AM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: veronica

For me this is relief more than celebration. That so many could vote for a morally bankrupt fraud like Kerry disturbs me greatly.

But that's for tomorrow... for right now, "whew!'"


17 posted on 11/03/2004 4:28:41 AM PST by SolutionsOnly
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To: traviskicks

Well said, Trav!


18 posted on 11/03/2004 4:33:00 AM PST by KillTime (Bush's secret weapon: Ta-Ra-Za)
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To: Pukin Dog
Man, have you ever had a better morning?

Only one...and that was when my daughter was born.

19 posted on 11/03/2004 4:35:32 AM PST by Poohbah (SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER...SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER)
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To: scojo

Kerry is still a Senator until 2008. Edwards and Daschle are gone.


20 posted on 11/03/2004 4:36:23 AM PST by Militiaman7 (Jesus is my personal Physician.)
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To: veronica

hey new!!!!!


21 posted on 11/03/2004 4:37:24 AM PST by dennisw (Gd - against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: veronica

22 posted on 11/03/2004 4:38:39 AM PST by Brett66 (Dan Rather, the most busted man in America.)
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To: veronica

The thought of all that money Gorgie Boy threw to the wind....L.O.L......


23 posted on 11/03/2004 4:40:06 AM PST by Stateline
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To: drpix

Disco dancin' GWBush ping! LOL!


24 posted on 11/03/2004 4:42:44 AM PST by dennisw (Gd - against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: Militiaman7

Kerry better run again in 08, because there are some guys gunning for him - Steven Lynch, for one.


25 posted on 11/03/2004 4:44:33 AM PST by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: veronica
We government contractors in Iraq are celebrating....

Trouble is, we don't have anyone to gloat at. We're not allowed to approach the terrorists. :-)

26 posted on 11/03/2004 4:45:08 AM PST by Allegra (You want fries with that?)
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To: Poohbah
I hear you, brother.

Try this on for size:

George W. Bush got more votes than any other President in HISTORY!!!

That phrase alone, spoken to a Liberal, ought to cause them to explode.
27 posted on 11/03/2004 4:45:15 AM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Stateline
Oh, SOROS. It just gets better and better. I don't know if I can stand it.
28 posted on 11/03/2004 4:46:03 AM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog

Just make sure you're outside the lethal blast radius when you do! (c8


29 posted on 11/03/2004 4:46:56 AM PST by Poohbah (SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER...SKYBIRD SKYBIRD DO NOT ANSWER)
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To: Poohbah
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
30 posted on 11/03/2004 4:50:44 AM PST by jesda
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To: veronica

I've been waiting all morning for a bimbo coworker sKerry supporter to come in. She's already an hour late. Even with 3 hours sleep, I'm here on time. She's going to get a nice round of "Zippity Doo Dah" and a little dance. Even nicer since we're in Florida!


31 posted on 11/03/2004 4:55:47 AM PST by 109ACS (Kill them all, let allah sort them out.)
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To: Stallone
I would suggested an oscillating shotgun pattern. Gloat everything that moves!

Seconded 8-).

A co-worker here in MA will return today from two days of campaigning in Ohio with MoveOn.org. Hehehehehe...

32 posted on 11/03/2004 5:00:28 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: drpix
Now. . .that's some well deserved fun freaking freeping dancing going on there.

;-)
33 posted on 11/03/2004 5:05:02 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: veronica
Oh, the fun isn't over yet... In the cafeteria at work this morning I was chatting with some people who obviously were Democrats, and they wwere still in denial about the certainty of the outcomes.

Let them hang on to their hopes for another day or so, it makes the gloating even sweeter.

34 posted on 11/03/2004 5:14:01 AM PST by Kenton ("Life is tough, and it's really tough when you're stupid" - Damon Runyon)
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To: Aquinasfan
A co-worker here in MA will return today from two days of campaigning in Ohio with MoveOn.org.

That is priceless.

I thought I was happy among all my Kerry-supporting coworkers - but you've got a bona fide Kool Aid drinker to enjoy!

35 posted on 11/03/2004 5:21:00 AM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Virginia Queen

"GOAT! GLOAT! GLOAT! SMILE! SMILE!
TAKE THAT, HOLLYWOOD WHITE TRASH!
TAKE THAT, MICHAEL MOORE AND ALL THOSE POOR EXCUSES FOR HUMANS THAT FOLLOW YOU AROUND (WHAT A STINK THAT MUST BE)!

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Can I just ditto that? :-}


36 posted on 11/03/2004 5:25:48 AM PST by samiam1972 (Live simply so that others may simply live!)
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To: veronica

Awesome! Worth a bookmark!


37 posted on 11/03/2004 5:27:56 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace (Michael <a href = "http://www.michaelmoore.com/" title="Miserable Failure">"Miserable Failure"</a>)
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To: wideawake
I thought I was happy among all my Kerry-supporting coworkers - but you've got a bona fide Kool Aid drinker to enjoy!

YEAH! And I'm not sharing. Imagine listening to her crap every day for the last 6 months...

38 posted on 11/03/2004 5:31:31 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: veronica
What good is a targeted gloat...?...

......... without the phone number, fax number and email addresses of the losing candidate?

Ph 202-224-2742; fax: 202-224-8525; email: john_kerry@kerry.senate.gov

Let the gloating continue!

39 posted on 11/03/2004 5:53:06 AM PST by theDentist (Proud Member of FreeRepublic 's "Pyjama-Hadeen")
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To: veronica

Another good reason why I always read John Derbyshire: he is right again!!


40 posted on 11/03/2004 6:11:36 AM PST by Tolik
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To: veronica

Anyone listening to Beck?!?! He is HILARIOUS and on a ROLL!


41 posted on 11/03/2004 6:14:46 AM PST by smith288 (I have posted over 10,000 times. The more I post, the more intelligent you become!)
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To: veronica

Bump for lunchtime gloating on my part!


42 posted on 11/03/2004 7:11:50 AM PST by HanneyBean
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