I can confirm the following, because I saw it with my own two eyes: Last night, Bill Kristol and Karl Rove risked life and limb and came to Manhattan’s Upper West Side to defend George W. Bush. I can also verify that the two were successful. The occasion was a debate put on by Intelligence Squared U.S., and the motion before the house was “Bush 43 is the worst president of the last 50 years.” Arguing in favor of the motion were British journalist, Simon Jenkins and Slate’s editor-in-chief, Jacob Weisberg.
Just before the debate began, my friend turned to me and said, “You know there’s a chance that the argument against Bush could just be more of the baseless hysteria we’ve been hearing for years.” No, I thought. We’re dealing with noted journalists, not oddballs here. There will be some merit to what they have to say.
My friend’s suspicion was confirmed about an hour in, when Simon Jenkins announced that American Muslims are simply vanishing, due to the U.S.’s overzealous anti-terrorism policies. I’ll have more on Jenkins’s delusions when the full transcript becomes available. But for now consider the results.
The audience vote before the debate went as follows:
For the motion: 65%
Against the motion: 17%
The results after the debate:
For the motion: 68%
Against the motion: 27%
The Against side picked up 10 points to the For’s 3. Quite an away-game victory.