What Josh Said

October 12, 2007

I think the reign of King George II may well be remembered as the Dorian Gray presidency. After all,  Al Gore — whose victory was stolen from him through the machinations of the Republican Party and the Supreme Court — looks more presidential and statesmanlike by the day, while George W. Bush looks more and more like the grubby little fraud he is.

It’s been fun to follow the flapping of the various wingnut sites — especially the ones that run photos with Gore’s head Photoshopped onto the body of Godzilla — but Josh Marshall eloquently points out that the Nobel Prize honor for Gore couldn’t have come at a better time:

There are several layers of irony and poetic justice wrapped into this honor. The first is that the greatest step for world peace would simply have been for Gore not to have had the presidency stolen from him in November 2000. By every just measure, Gore won the presidency in 2000 only to have George W. Bush steal it from him with the critical assistance of the US Supreme Court. It’s worth taking a few moments today to consider where the country and world would be without that original sin of this corrupt presidency.

And yet this is a fitting bookend, with Gore receiving this accolade while the sitting president grows daily an object of greater disapproval, disapprobation and collective shame. And let’s not discount another benefit: watching the rump of the American right detail the liberal bias of the Nobel Committee and at this point I guess the entire world. Fox News vs. the world.

And not to forget what this award is about even more than Gore. If half of what we think we know about global warming is true, people will look back fifty years from now on the claims that “War on Terror” was the defining challenge of this century and see it as a very sick, sad joke — which rather sums up the Bush presidency.

A sad, sick joke — that’s George’s place in history, all right.   

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