Victory

President Bush’s reelection is a remarkable victory. He won not only an electoral college majority, he won the popular vote. He won not only the popular vote, he appears to have won an outright majority of the popular vote, something no president has done since 1988. Yet his victory was not only a personal triumph, it was also a triumph of party. Republicans increased their majority in both the House and the Senate.
President Bush won this remarkable victory in the face of a campaign of disinformation the likes of which we have not seen since the heyday of the Big Lie, and in the face of an orgy of hatred (the phenomenon we have previously dubbed Chaitred) the likes of which we have not seen in the West since the days of the Nuremberg rallies. From Leni Riefenstahl to Michael Moore — what a falling off was there!
We will certainly have occasion to contemplate the fortunes of the Democratic Party and its adjuncts in the media and the academy. For the moment, however, let us satisfy ourselves with a salute to the president in his moment of triumph.
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