Tuesday, January 17, 2006

On The Radio In New Jersey, A Celebration Of Bush And Anti-Intellectualism

The year is still young, but we may already have a winner for most ludicrous conversation on conservative talk radio.

Yesterday, on the popular New Jersey talk station WKXW-AM, lunchtime anchors Dennis Malloy and Judy Franco had a lengthy back-and-forth celebrating President Bush's ability to overcome critics who say he "looks stupid" or who focus on his "mediocre grades" in school.

What a fantastic straw man! Bush's critics -- and with a popularity rating hovering at 40%, he has many -- are concerned with how he looks or his grades in school. There's no chance that his popularity has tumbled because of his policies and decisions as president.

The "liberals think Bush is dumb" spin might have been topical back in 2000, but Bush is about to complete his fifth year as president. Even in the alternate universe of conservative talk radio, shouldn't that count for something?

Malloy and Franco hope to rally the troops by celebrating how Bush has overcome C grades in college (although they didn't want to mention that the college was Yale University, lest any listeners think Bush spent time among dreaded "intellectuals.")

Franco, who praised Bush for being "stalwart" and "strong," added that the president's critics focus on "minutiae." Apparently, in the alternate universe of Malloy and Franco, facts are not as important as perceptions.

Keep in mind that this conversation occurred on a federal holiday, when a larger-than-normal number of students might tune in. So congratulations, future conservatives of New Jersey! You too can be a grand success if you don't look or act too smart! Don't pay attention to details, and feel good about yourself!

It's a message "anti-intellectuals" crave, I suppose.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about dodging of military service?
One of the modern Great Wonders of the World. Why was the label most frequently pinned to Clinton "draft dodger" never applied to Bush?

12:03 PM  
Anonymous ixiion said...

so, wouldn't a consensual blowjob be considered 'minutiae'?

just sayin'...

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2:40 PM  
Anonymous Bridget Burke said...

Some very intelligent folks never went to college. Of course, if they'd had rich & well connected relatives, they, too could have gone to Yale. Bush probably needed "help" to get a C average.

But it does count that he "looks stupid." When he ran for Governor, he imprssed me as a half-bright Frat boy. His mental capacity has dwindled since then. Watching recent speeches, it's hard to deny that he may have some serious mental and/or physical problems.

Add in the fact that his policies are bad for the country--except for the oil industry & other small parts of his constituency. Is it "smart" to make bad decisions? Or to have supposedly intelligent minions who lie for you?

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Hubert Flottz said...

His Daddy bought him those grades!
Just like Daddy got him out of Nam and his DUIs!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous rasputin1952 said...

And those grades were bought and paid for by his alumnus father...Mostly C's, and he rarely went to class...money goes a long way when you have enough to buy the things your son needs, like grades.

But, as an aside, those grades have little bearing on his life, as he has failed at EVERYTHING he has ever attempted since those C's...

bush is a complete and utter failure at life, he has not one thing he can say he has gained on his own, except failed business ventures, and a failed presidency.

2:41 PM  
Anonymous sparosnare said...

UT refused to admit Bush to their law school - his only other option was Princeton Business School with Daddy's influence. As far as I know, Kerry never had a problem getting into law school .

2:41 PM  
Anonymous HughBeaumont said...

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Your man's failed at EVERYthing except being a dumbshit. Get a piece of the rock.

2:42 PM  
Anonymous ramapodem said...

Why on earth are you listening to 101.5?

The station that these DJ's are on was created by the NRA to fight the NJ assault weapons ban in the early '90's. It is forgivable though if you were waiting for the traffic report.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous ash said...

Due respect, ram: maybe to monitor the conjobs?

I concur with what my liberal heroine Fran Lebowitz said in the wake of 911: "Never, ever, let Bush stray from the printed text."

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perceptions are **always** more important than facts!! How else do you explain the success of TV and the visual arts? The only people who pay attention to facts are businessmen and sometimes they get it wrong too.

1:24 PM  

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