The erudite John Hinderaker is most disappointed in the man he once refered to as “A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice” because, as it turned out, George Bush wasn’t brilliant enough to notice the advice that John was giving him pro bono (or maybe for a lesser judgeship):
He Had His Chance…
…and he blew it. He should have given the speech I told him to. As soon as he started talking about guest worker programs and the impossibility of deporting 11 million illegals, it was all over. President Bush keeps trying to find the middle ground, on this and many other issues. But sometimes, there isn’t a viable middle ground. This is one of those instances.
President Bush is being destroyed by vicious people who hate him. So far, he hasn’t seemed to notice. Apparently, he doesn’t think he needs any allies. He certainly didn’t win any with tonight’s speech.
Then John has one of those taxicab confessionals that are all the rage with conservatives when they need one of the great unwashed to validate their worldview and feelings, unfortunately it doesn’t play out like Cliff May’s always do:
I rode home from the airport in a taxi a few minutes ago. My driver, as is almost always the case in Minnesota, was an African immigrant. No sooner had I gotten into the cab than he began talking about the speech and railing against Bush on the theory that the President is anti-immigrant. I patiently tried to explain that President Bush is in trouble because he is not just pro-immigrant, but pro-illegal immigrant. I explained that he has argued for a guest worker program and a path to citizenship, and has said repeatedly that it would be impossible to deport all the illegals.
My cab driver was completely disoriented by this. I could tell he didn’t believe it. Like nearly all African cab drivers, he listens to public radio all day long. Twenty minutes with me wasn’t enough to overcome years of liberal indoctrination. He simply wasn’t able to absorb the idea that President Bush might not be a racist who hates immigrants. I’m sure he’d forgotten everything I said by the time he left my driveway.
“Go crawl back into your hole, you stupid
left-wing African immigrant shithead. And don’t bother us me anymore. You have to have an IQ over 50 to correspond with us converse with me. You don’t qualify, you stupid shit.
…and here’s your dollar tip. Don’t scratch the American Tourister or I’ll have you caned”