Monday, November 27, 2006

King of the Hill?

I've long contended that the following quote is the quintessential exemplar of reality-defying support for President Bush:

It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can't get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.

-John Hinderaker
July 28, 2005

I don't think that Victor Davis Hanson can really steal the crown from Hinderaker (such a marvelous effort, that), but this entry at The Corner is at least worthy of consideration:

And there really will come a time, believe it or not, when a future American President baffled and paralyzed by the latest insanity from the Middle East-whether an Iranian nuke or a Syrian invasion of Lebanon or another Middle East war or the usual assassination and killing of Americans-will ask former president George Bush II for advice, as a then fawning media will look back to his past "toughness" and "determination" when under fire. That seems unhinged now, but it too will come to pass, as they say.

Don't get me wrong, Hanson might be right that future Presidents will ask Bush for advice on Middle East issues at some point. It's just that I'm quite sure that if any do seek out Bush's counsel, it will be so that they can do the exact opposite of what he advises.

Call it a variation of the William Kristol Principle

(hat tip Brad DeLong)

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