May 30, 2005

10 Reasons Not to Kill Bush

Drudge linked to this article by University of Oregon co-ed Jennifer McBride. (I tried to read it yesterday, but the site must have been experiencing a drudgelanche.)

That a college co-ed feels the need to point out to her fellow students reasons not to kill somebody is a sign of the state of discourse among young people (and many not so young people) on the left, and Jennifer McBride agrees.
Anywho, Ms McBride lists "10 reasons not to kill Bush". She's a Democrat with some common sense and decency -- not to mention a farsightedness not common among the howling moonbats of the left. She begins by mentioning the grenade incident and her observation that she's "heard enough people on campus proclaiming their hatred of George W. Bush to know that some wouldn't have shed many tears," and then offers the list of reasons why assassining the President of the United States would be a very bad thing.

1) Killing the president immediately generates sympathy for his cause. If the president died tomorrow, there would be no question that all of his nominees for the judicial branch would make it through the Senate.

I'm not so sure about that. I have a hard time believing that Senator Box'o'rocks and some others would be moved to sympathy and comity by much of anything, nevermind the violent death of the object of her viceral hatred. But, she could always fake it, I suppose.

Here's a sharp observation:

4) Any criticisms of the administration will be regarded as more unpatriotic than ever. In the next election, you could expect to see Democratic primary candidates proclaiming that their Republican counterparts aren't "fit to follow in President Bush's footsteps."

And these two:

7) President Bush's status as a martyr would leave the electorate more polarized than ever, especially if liberals were seen as publicly irreverent to President Bush's memory. It would be a little different if natural selection decreed death-by-snacking, but toasting an assassin's success leaves a decidedly bitter taste in the national mouth.
8) Jeb Bush's popularity would skyrocket. He would undoubtedly win the Republican nomination and then the election in 2008. With the Supreme Court full of near-zombies, I would prefer a different man to pick the people who are going to strangle us with laws.

Okay. While I think that it's the lefties who want to "strangle us with laws," I think the gyst of the observations are dead one.

Jennifer McBride saves the obvious reason for last (maybe she meant it to be a countdown), and then makes some closing observations on the liberals that she encounters on campus. One taste:

Liberalism has to be more than a college fad or a collection of loudmouths whose idiotic comments stir headlines. The rabid dislike some people feel for a man they've never even met makes me ashamed to be a Democrat.

Good to know that there are politically conscious left-leaning college students who don't make me weep for the future of the Democratic Party. Now read the whole thing!

Posted by Tuning Spork at May 30, 2005 05:36 PM

"With the Supreme Court full of near-zombies, I would prefer a different man to pick the people who are going to strangle us with laws."

I find it far more telling that McBride seems to be o.k. with the Supreme Court as a legislative body. In fact she seems to mourn the possibility the the SCOTUS might stop making law,

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 30, 2005 09:09 PM

This article was very impressive considering it was written by a young Democratic college student, I think it shows that there might be hope out there yet. :)

Posted by: jody at May 31, 2005 12:01 AM
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