Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Bush "unfamiliar" with Voting Rights Act

Now, a lot of people are going to make a big deal of this, and add it to the mounting evidence that shows that Bush is stupid. However, I am going to suggest a different explanation.* I think Bush probably is familiar with the Voting Rights Act, and this was just his way of being polite to the CBC. After all, would you really expect him to come out in this meeting and tell the CBC that he is not going to support them? No, he knows what it's about, but he didn't want to make it a big issue, that might have caused them to hang around longer than he was comfortable with attempting to make him explain why he wasn't in favor of making sure that people are not disenfranchised. I mean, isn't it clear that Bush doesn't want black people to vote? The mess in 2000 in Florida shows that pretty well, I think. He doesn't want them to vote, because they will more than likely vote for the other side, but he can't tell them that, so he just gave them some noncomittal answer to be polite. The really shocking thing about this story, to me, is that Jesse Jackson actually thought Bush might support the re-authorization in the first place. Jackson can't be that naive, can he? Maybe he just wanted to clarify Bush's position against it so he could use it against Bush, but Bush is too shrewd a monkey to fall into that trap.

* This is not meant to imply that I think Bush isn't stupid

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