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Thursday, March 04, 2004  

Post-modernism has triumphed; in an irony that should make college campuses tremble, its champion is George W. Bush. The President whose mode is simplicity and whose mantra is "free market and free Iraq" (but not free Osama) may talk in black and white, but he depends on a muddy gray patriotism that knows no nuance, no contradiction. Weirdly, Bush thrives because having an opinion is, in the new millennium, as valid as knowing a fact. No WMD--no problem! A surplus that becomes a deficit, despite claims that tax cuts won't result in exactly that situation--no problem! A uniter who actually divides--no problem! Lip service to small government even as it grows ever more vast--no problem! No Osama--no problem! (Oh, wait, that is a problem, but a topic for a different discussion.)

What's at work here that the remarkable disconnect between Dubya's words and deeds don't result in greater lost popular support, particularly among his base? It's a variant of identity politics (another academic/liberal notion) that has been wholly and absolutely absorbed (in some cases inadvertently) by the vast right-wing conspiracy. It's the identification of "conservative" with "good" or "moral."

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posted by Jeff | 10:35 AM |
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