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February 01, 2005

That's Got To Sting: Liberal Columnist Dares To Ask, "What If Bush Was Right All Along?"

The unreality-based community is apparently not completely impervious to fact:

Maybe you're like me and have opposed the Iraq war since before the shooting started -- not to the point of joining any peace protests, but at least letting people know where you stood.

...

By now, you might have even voted against George Bush -- a second time -- to register your disapproval.

But after watching Sunday's election in Iraq and seeing the first clear sign that freedom really may mean something to the Iraqi people, you have to be asking yourself: What if it turns out Bush was right, and we were wrong?

It's hard to swallow, isn't it?

...

If you fit the previously stated profile, I know you're fighting the idea, because I am, too. ....

For those who've been in the same boat with me, we don't need to concede the point just yet. There's a long way to go. But I think we have to face the possibility.

I won't say that it had never occurred to me previously, but it's never gone through my mind as strongly as when I watched the television coverage from Iraq that showed long lines of people risking their lives by turning out to vote, honest looks of joy on so many of their faces.

Some CNN guest expert was opining Monday that the Iraqi people crossed a psychological barrier by voting and getting a taste of free choice (setting aside the argument that they only did so under orders from their religious leaders).

I think it's possible that some of the American people will have crossed a psychological barrier as well.

...

For now, though, I think we have to cut the president some slack about a timetable for his exit strategy.

If it turns out Bush was right all along, this is going to require some serious penance.

Maybe I'd have to vote Republican in 2008.

Thanks to Nick.

Update: Via Instapundit, it now appears that confirmed liberal hack/journalist wannabe Jon Stewart is reconsidering as well:

"I’ve watched this thing unfold from the start and here’s the great fear that I have: What if Bush, the president, ours, has been right about this all along? I feel like my world view will not sustain itself and I may, and again I don’t know if I can physically do this, implode."

This is what I find unforgiveable about anti-war liberals. It's one thing to be anti-war philosophically. It's quite another thing -- and we've seen admissions of this time and time again -- to be so committed to that position that you'd rather see chaos in Iraq and further American deaths just so you don't have to re-examine your liberal biases.


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