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I Was Wrong About Bush
OpinionJournal.com ^ | 09/25/2001 | Gerald Posner

Posted on 09/24/2001 9:18:38 PM PDT by Fury

Edited on 04/23/2004 12:03:33 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

What a difference 10 months make. Last November I broke the unwritten rule that requires journalists to be neutral political observers when I got embroiled in the controversy over the presidential election and publicly supported Al Gore.

It was not just with friends that I passionately argued the election had been stolen and that Mr. Gore would be the better president. I was one of the signatories to the pompously titled "Emergency Committee of Concerned Citizens 2000," which took full-page ads in the New York Times demanding a revote in Palm Beach County, Fla. I wrote op-eds for Salon.com and the New York Daily News. On television talk shows from MSNBC to Fox News's popular "The O'Reilly Factor," I made the case for Mr. Gore. In thousands of e-mails, I urged voters to deluge Clay Roberts, director of Florida's Division of Elections, with appeals for a recount.


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1 posted on 09/24/2001 9:18:38 PM PDT by Fury
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To: Fury
Mr. Posner should be congratulated and welcomed aboard.

We're going to need lots of help in the coming months and years.

2 posted on 09/24/2001 9:24:07 PM PDT by cicero's_son
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To: Fury
Bump
3 posted on 09/24/2001 9:24:17 PM PDT by Free the USA
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To: Fury
WOW!
4 posted on 09/24/2001 9:24:43 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Fury
WOW!
5 posted on 09/24/2001 9:24:46 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: Fury
Good Grief! God IS in His Heaven! I am so pleased that naysayers such as Mr. Posner have finally seen in Pres. Bush what his supporters always saw; that determination and steeliness born of his unwavering faith in God. We saw it during the weeks after the election; he seemed to be ready to take on the job even as people like Mr. Posner were sniping.

God Bless Pres. Bush and all those who will be advising him in the weeks and months ahead.

6 posted on 09/24/2001 9:25:21 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Fury
Of course, I did not know whether the election had gone for Mr. Gore or George W. Bush. As a partisan, I did not care. I was convinced that Mr. Gore was by far the best-qualified candidate and the man most fit to lead the U.S.

Very telling.

Better late than never, I guess.

7 posted on 09/24/2001 9:26:43 PM PDT by MitchellC
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To: SuziQ, OhioWfan, Miss Marple, rintense, mtngrl@vrwc, MJY1288
BUMP-- what you say.
8 posted on 09/24/2001 9:27:34 PM PDT by lawgirl
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To: SuziQ
This must be driving the folks at DU nuts...
9 posted on 09/24/2001 9:29:09 PM PDT by Fury
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To: MitchellC
Nice of him to admit what we have known all along.
10 posted on 09/24/2001 9:29:13 PM PDT by Ronin
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To: Fury
There will be numerous tests for him in the long battle ahead. But, as of now, he has converted many of us to admirers, and he deserves our complete support. The entire administration, from Colin Powell to Donald Rumsfeld to Dick Cheney, inspires more confidence as we embark on this uncertain war than we likely would have had in any Gore administration.

Welcome aboard Mr Posner, we recognise your strength of character in admitting your mistakes and commend you for it.

Pity it took such a tragedy to see what we already saw..

11 posted on 09/24/2001 9:29:56 PM PDT by Wil H
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To: Fury, Romulus, wideawake, RobbyS, SoothingDave, Askel5
There will be numerous tests for him in the long battle ahead. But, as of now, he has converted many of us to admirers, and he deserves our complete support. The entire administration, from Colin Powell to Donald Rumsfeld to Dick Cheney, inspires more confidence as we embark on this uncertain war than we likely would have had in any Gore administration.

I must sadly admit that Bill Clinton, for whom I voted twice, could not have delivered that same clear speech last Thursday. His almost compulsive need to please all sides would have prevented him from casting the issues as starkly or as unequivocally.

Dang! Will wonders never cease?

12 posted on 09/24/2001 9:30:28 PM PDT by Aggressive Calvinist
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To: Fury
My late father used to tell me that one of the hallmarks of good character is the courage to admit mistakes. Most people who lock themselves into a public position want to keep defending their original stance, even when in their heart they know subsequent events have proven them incorrect.

Consistantcy is the hobgoblin of little minds. (Either Franklin, Thoreau or Emerson - can't remember which).

I have heard this same sentiment from alot of democrats.

13 posted on 09/24/2001 9:30:51 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Fury
Absolutely amazing! I can't any find words for how incredible this is, so I will just say, WOW!
14 posted on 09/24/2001 9:31:45 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: Fury
i pray that bubba reads this. HA HA HA and an LOL!!!
15 posted on 09/24/2001 9:31:56 PM PDT by rockfish59
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To: SuziQ
Good Grief! God IS in His Heaven! I am so pleased that naysayers such as Mr. Posner have finally seen in Pres. Bush what his supporters always saw; that determination and steeliness born of his unwavering faith in God.

Amen to that! America... are you waking up at last?

16 posted on 09/24/2001 9:32:14 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Fury
I mugged the banner. Sorry about that...

SECOND THOUGHTS

I Was Wrong About Bush
He's proved himself to be the leader America needs.

BY GERALD POSNER

17 posted on 09/24/2001 9:33:16 PM PDT by Fury
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To: Ronin
ditto..are we supposed to care?
18 posted on 09/24/2001 9:33:54 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Fury
Kudos!
19 posted on 09/24/2001 9:34:17 PM PDT by FReethesheeples
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To: Fury
Am I the only one that actually felt the speech wasn't that great? Especially the part about a NEW govt agency.

If this guys happy, I shouldn't be.

Bush has done fine, but what remarkable thing has he done? Other than words. Same with Guilianni (sp?). Approval ratings through the roof, for what?

I want action, don't want a bunch of words and crap like that. I'm as big a Bushie as their is, heck I've still got my Bush/Cheney sticker on my car. Do the hard part, kill, destroy, intimidate.

As best said by another Freeper, unfortunately can't remember their name, "Punish our enemies so severely, it scares even our friends".

20 posted on 09/24/2001 9:34:25 PM PDT by Professional
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To: lawgirl
Well the person who wrote this piece was misguided (he even admits that he voted for Clinton twice!) but we are happy to have him on Dubya's side now anyway.
21 posted on 09/24/2001 9:35:27 PM PDT by mtngrl@vrwc
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To: Fury
He said he was a "Uniter..not a divider"
22 posted on 09/24/2001 9:35:35 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Fury
TIME WILL TELL

WELCOME ABOARD

23 posted on 09/24/2001 9:35:37 PM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER (lawjj2@allways.net)
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To: Fury
Congratulations, Mr. Posner. It takes a big man to admit when you're wrong. Better late than never.
24 posted on 09/24/2001 9:35:52 PM PDT by newslady
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To: Professional
I'd settle for punishing our enemies to the point of vanquishment and prostration.
25 posted on 09/24/2001 9:35:53 PM PDT by Fury
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To: Professional
You want action?

I was supposed to retire this Friday from the Air Force..Guess what? All retirements are on hold by order of the President. I'm not complaining but this only happens when a big can of Whoop Asss is about to happen !

I think you will get your action soon enough !

26 posted on 09/24/2001 9:38:03 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: Professional
That is a good line. If we don't do so, we will regret it.
27 posted on 09/24/2001 9:38:45 PM PDT by piasa
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To: Fury
Prostration, is that what you do with THEM after castration?
28 posted on 09/24/2001 9:38:50 PM PDT by Professional
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To: Professional
You want action?

I was supposed to retire this Friday from the Air Force..Guess what? All retirements are on hold by order of the President. I'm not complaining but this only happens when a big can of Whoop Asss is about to happen !

I think you will get your action soon enough !

29 posted on 09/24/2001 9:39:13 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: Professional
Am I the only one that actually felt the speech wasn't that great?

Yes. ;-)

"Punish our enemies so severely, it scares even our friends".

I like it. . .wish I had a bumpersticker with that on it!

30 posted on 09/24/2001 9:39:20 PM PDT by 2Jedismom
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To: Fury
Mr. Posner has a lot of guts to do this. He's going to take a lot of heat from the Gories. GWB should invite him to the WH - with a photo op - serve a little barbecue, etc.
31 posted on 09/24/2001 9:39:30 PM PDT by SmartBlonde
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To: Fury
Someone should ping this to every patsie and libertarian.
32 posted on 09/24/2001 9:39:56 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: Fury, lawgirl
WOW!!.............WOW!!!!!

I am stunned!!!!

33 posted on 09/24/2001 9:39:58 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: america-rules
God bless you, your men, and the torment you shall apply to the evil bastards.
34 posted on 09/24/2001 9:40:27 PM PDT by Professional
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To: ladyinred
I rarely watch Geraldo, but I am tonight and he just said basically the same thing. Admitted he was wrong about Bush and what a great job he's done. "...my President."

Wonders never cease.

35 posted on 09/24/2001 9:41:16 PM PDT by lonestar
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To: america-rules
The action is coming tomorrow, I have a feeling that it will,

It will be "Kabul Kobob's"..."Toasted Taliban's" for Afghanistan when ever it happens

36 posted on 09/24/2001 9:41:39 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Aggressive Calvinist
Not sure if this article proves Posner's ability to change his mind is an act of courage or simply confirmation of a herding tendency.
37 posted on 09/24/2001 9:42:12 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: RobbyS
ditto
38 posted on 09/24/2001 9:42:22 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Fury
This is refreshing. It is also one of many instances where I've heard people who were staunch in their support of Clinton/Gore/et al come out in favor of Bush. If there is a silver lining to be found during this time of turmoil, this is it, for sure!
39 posted on 09/24/2001 9:42:23 PM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: america-rules
oohh!! hats off to you. SOrry this had to happen three weeks before you were supposed to retire! ack!! Hehe it's a texas sized can of Whoop Ass and W's shaking it right now getting ready for it to explode on america's enemies!
40 posted on 09/24/2001 9:42:25 PM PDT by lawgirl
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To: Professional
Just FYI..The press is at least a week behind on their reporting so take this anyway you want to !
41 posted on 09/24/2001 9:42:25 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: Fury
Welcome to the side of logic and common sense, Mr. Posner. But you're on a short leash with us. As you've proven by voting for Bill Clinton twice now, YOU'RE A SUCKER. And it's not likely you will change anytime soon.

How wrong I was. Since the murderous terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush has come alive in a way I did not think possible. It was as though the attack on America--which he rightly called an "act of war" from the start--gave him a focus and clarity I had not earlier seen.

G.W. Bush has always been alive and has always had focus and clarity. But you didn't see it. You were too enamoured of the superficial and banal "empathy" message of Gore, and your small brain wouldn't let you understand the power and purpose of candidate Bush.

Conservatism isn't just the "anti-liberal" point of view, Mr. Posner. It's about common sense and normal people deciding the best way to live peacefully together in our free country.

You've still got a lot to learn, Mr. Posner.

42 posted on 09/24/2001 9:42:47 PM PDT by Siegfried
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To: 2Jedismom
These approval ratings may be some sort of set up. A way to keep Bush from using force. As soon as the military fires up, the media will point to falling ratings. Never EVER trust the leftists, especially the ones with the pens.
43 posted on 09/24/2001 9:43:05 PM PDT by Professional
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To: CWOJackson, johnhaung2 (king of ping)
Job for you John, everyone needs to read this
44 posted on 09/24/2001 9:43:57 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Fury
I don't remember reading anything by Mr. Posner before, but apparently his father taught him well. He seems to be an individual of class and integrity.
45 posted on 09/24/2001 9:43:59 PM PDT by dano1
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To: Professional
You asked, Bush has done fine, but what remarkable thing has he done? Other than words. ... Approval ratings through the roof, for what? For one very important thing, this president has told us the truth, been open about the scope of the tragedy and the coming further atrocity potential, and gathered the brain-trust together to get the job designated and then implimented, without retreating into the Oval Office bathroom to soil the damn sink. And there are other things this man has done that make him far and away superior to the appeasement freak/liberal asswipes the democrat party worships.
46 posted on 09/24/2001 9:44:00 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: america-rules
Thank you for your service to this country and making the commitment you did. It is appreciated!
47 posted on 09/24/2001 9:44:22 PM PDT by Fury
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To: Fury
Posner. Oh please. Another Convert. This guy apparently wasn't upset, or wasn't awake, while Clinton turned the presidency into a Fellini circus and sold away our future security for campaign money. He only wised up when his prescious personal safety was threatened. After 25 years of unrelenting insults from his pals in the left, he only NOW sees the fallacy of their Utopian Vision.

Too little, too late, Gerald. Your lot was cast and your public took note. You can't change your bet after the horses leave the gates.

48 posted on 09/24/2001 9:44:23 PM PDT by moodyskeptic
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To: Fury
WOW!
49 posted on 09/24/2001 9:45:15 PM PDT by DeckTheHallsHolly
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To: america-rules
You have the entire population of the United States supporting you, and I for one SALUTE you as a GREAT AMERICAN.

May God bless you and watch over you.

MJY

50 posted on 09/24/2001 9:46:30 PM PDT by MJY1288
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