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Wednesday, October 06, 2004
I don't have much in the way of post-debate analysis; check the links to the right for a varied list of opinion.

I would like to comment on something Andrew Sullivan has talked a lot about lately. It's a favorite of Sullivan to suggest that the Bush camp is refusing to take responsibility for any failures in Iraq. What does he want? Should W resign? Should Rumsfeld resign over Abu Ghraib? Please. Perhaps there was a time for nuance, and if there were, it took place many months ago. Andrew is fond of challenging Bush supporters (Mark Steyn, Hugh Hewitt) for failing to acknowledge any shortcomings on behalf of the administration. I admire Andrew's ability to not lose himself in the election, but then again, he's got another domestic dog in this fight - gay marriage. What he doesn't understand - perhaps he doesn't want to? - is that we're in the fourth quarter of this election. The time for nuance and regret is over. W would gain nothing by saying he screwed up in Fallujah in April. (Then again, who's to say he really did screw up? The facts on the ground at the time may have supported Bush's conclustion)

Right now the Packers are 1-3. Maybe they'll make the playoffs, maybe they won't. Now is the time for talk in the locker room; the coaches and players can try to sort some things out. But if they do make the playoffs, and if they're looking at a conference championship game against Philadelphia, it's time to shut up. Quit bickering, quit worrying about what might have been. You can't question why you lost those early games. You either want to win or you want to lose. No turning back, no regrets. You fight with everything you have until it's over.

The time for Bush to come to terms with his shortcomings is over. Sullivan is big on nuance, and I'm not going to fault him for that on his own merits. Certainly Bush has made mistakes but now is not the time for an Oprah moment. Perhaps this is something in the American character that Sullivan still fails to grasp. It's the fourth quarter, and you can't worry about a fumble in the first quarter. It might cost you the game, it might not. Leave that for the pundits to decide. Bush has to play to win, play as though everything he has is on the line.

In fact, everything really is on the line.

Perhaps if Andrew realized that, he might understand why the conservative faithful aren't waltzing around the nuances. We're playing to win.
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