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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

A Man in Full

Tom Wolfe on the pretentiousness of the anti-Bush crowd:

"I would vote for Bush if for no other reason than to be at the airport waving off all the people who say they are going to London if he wins again."

Posted by Kevin Libin on November 2, 2004 | Permalink


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I was troubled by Wolfe's blithe dismissal of the dangers of "political correctness" in that piece, and his bizarre contention that "people didn't hate Ronald Reagan". Perhaps he's not such a brilliant chronicler of our times after all...

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-11-02 9:50:41 AM

A lot of people forget how strident the anti-Reagan crowd became (didn't you say you were once among them, Kathy?), and perhaps Wolfe oversimplified that. But I agree that I find the Bush hatred more vicious and visceral than what we saw in the eighties. Maybe it's just the technological context: blogs and web sites make activist voices louder, all-news channels multiply the media bias of the traditional networks, etc.

Posted by: Kevin Libin | 2004-11-02 9:58:50 AM

Fair enough, Kevin. Admittedly I was drowning in a particularly toxic punk/peacenik environment. But Wolfe seems to be trying to be contrarian rather than telling the truth.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle | 2004-11-02 10:09:39 AM

That's almost a P.J. O'Rourke type comment. Funny,smart and to the point.

Posted by: big al | 2004-11-02 11:28:35 AM

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