Notes on the Atrocities
Like a 100-watt radio station, broadcasting to the dozens...

Wednesday, March 26, 2003  

I enjoy listening to the President speak. This may be blasphemy, but don't judge me too harshly: it's not because I like what he says. For all the criticism heaped on our fair Leader, he actually has a number of speaking styles. This morning he rolled out his Texas kick-ass style at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. (Personally, I like it a great deal more than the false-somber style he affected before the war began.)

He chooses his style to fit his audience: humble and deferential for religious audiences, Dubya Churchillian for national audiences, kick-ass for the base. Thus there's no great surprise in his style this morning. Looking around the news and blogs, I see that it's failed to rouse much interest.

But I think there's more here than meets the eye. To begin with: this was a pep rally. It's not unreasonable to point out that pep rallies are used to, ah, rally--something the White House may not have expected to have to do a week ago. The President also gave the speech in Florida, which is more of a home state than even Texas. As if to underscore this point, the President had his old friend Katherine Harris on hand.

The truth is, things are looking a bit grim; otherwise, the President would have been with the Joint Chiefs instead of rallying the troops. It's taken only six days for the public's confidence to slump in the polls. This is bad news, given that what Rumsfeld said yesterday: "We're still, needless to say, much closer to the beginning than the end."

So things are only going to get worse. Bush has lost most of his friends internationally (and almost all the citizens of the world). He lost the Democrats at home. And now he's losing Ma and Pa Main Street. Pretty soon, the only friends he'll have left are in Florida and Texas.

Expect a lot more Texas kick-ass.

posted by Jeff | 10:27 AM |
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