Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Matt Drudge makes a stand...

For Bush.

Forced to decide where to stand in a battle between:
1) most of his GOP Congress' position, his base's position, conservative ideology and just plain common sense (not to mention the stances of the libs and moderates who also read him), or
2) Bush

he has chosen: Bush.

On the front page of the Drudge Report (I refuse to link to it) is a gigantic picture of a port with a link under it that reads "ISLAMOPHOBIA?" (The link is to a Reuters article discussing Arab reaction to the ports furor.)

Let's leave aside for a moment the amazing hypocrisy of an administration--and Matt Drudge himself--who have winged their way to victory and success based on scaring the bejeezus out of their base with racism and xenophobic manipulation, now decrying any protest against selling off our ports to a government that had tea and crumpets with Bin Laden himself as some kind of racist claptrap. Let's leave aside the obvious fact that if this had been President Gore or President Kerry, Drudge would have linked to Ann Coulter demanding their heads on a plate.

What amazes me more, rather, is that Matt Drudge has bought fully into the idea that his best bet financially and politically lies in continuing to prostrate himself fully at the altar of the Cult of Bush--contra his own party, his own base, and any shred or semblance of intellectual honesty he may have had left deep in his dark soul.

Drudge has officially taken a stand as a Bushbot. Bush could literally slaughter puppies on the steps of the White House and Drudge would defend him.

What I don't understand is WHY. Drudge, though evil, is usually quite savvy. What does he have to gain by being a Bushbot and infuriating his own base?

And what are the BushCultists going to do when Bush is actually out of power?


Blogger kk said...

Actually, in the face of defeat, drudge has reverted to his usual tactics; distract with something else, preferably with a large, screaming headline (currently the Suamra bombing) and post a teeny tiny link to the explosive story in the upper left-hand corner of the page.

But yes, he has broken predictably for Bush.

9:51 PM  
Blogger kk said...

As to why drudge throws his lot in with Bush and his sinking ship? Because he wants to be, thinks he is, and aspires to be---a player. It's the same reason the vast majority of Republicans vote against their own economic interests to pass tax cuts for the wealthy.

9:54 PM  
Blogger thereisnospoon said...

hmmm...Drudge already IS a player. He's on the inside, not the outside.

It wasn't entirely predictable to me that he would side with Bush; Drudge, like O'Reilly, is a pseudo-populist. And siding with Bush on this one is distinctly anti-populist.

10:16 PM  

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