With Mr. Obama's inauguration so close one can smell it, a much-commented-upon story recently was Bush's polling numbers: a 27 percent approval rating, up, somehow, from previous months. Many writers have deduced that 27 percent of the country are idiots, or some variant thereof.
Those people aren't idiots. Well, I mean, sure, they're idiots, but not because they approve of Bush's work. They don't, really. They're idiots because they voted for him (twice, separating them from the feebs who voted for him only in 2000). That they say they approve of his work doesn't make them idiots. It makes them utterly unwilling or -able to admit they were wrong. They're not alone in that. They're merely entrenched in the face of less controvertible evidence than the rest of us are when we're entrenched.
I once, somewhere around 2003-2004, spent an intellectually stimulating 40 minutes debating a teenage Bush supporter on the guy's job performance. That was the last time I'll do that. I have no interest in arguing the point; anyone who takes the other side of that argument is possibly a real-life troll, and at the very least will never be convinced. Don't waste your breath.
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