This one from Orson Scott Card really says it all, I think:
George W. Bush is the real thing. Despite unbelievable political hostility, at home and abroad, he has determinedly pursued the war that we had to fight, and still have to pursue until we win.
Reagan caved in on Beirut and on paying off hostage-takers. George W. Bush hasn’t caved in on anything significant concerning this war.
But W isn’t smooth on TV. He has Letterman ridiculing him viciously every night on NBC. He has a lot of liars calling him a liar. The media message is constantly being pounded home: Even though W has successfully governed our country through the first two campaigns of a war that was forced on us; even though he has presided over a recovery from the recession that began during Clinton’s presidency, despite the huge economic setback caused by 9/11; even though he has a track record that would be the envy of any wartime or peacetime president …
In other words, even though he has the job of President and has done it as well as anyone in recent years (and, I believe, better than Reagan by quite some) …
He still might lose the election, because Americans are so dumb we actually believe it when political dimwits like Letterman call Bush stupid …
And because we’re such slow learners we actually believe the Democratic candidate when he pretends to be a Republican. Despite his voting record. Despite the fact that the left wing of his own party doesn’t believe a word of his promises.
We have a war going on. Anybody who’s serious about winning it cannot consider, even for a moment, voting for Kerry. No other issue compares to that one.
We can’t afford to be stupid this year.
And that’s the name of that tune. Card is rapidly becoming North Carolina’s own VDH, and that’s just about the highest praise I can give him short of calling him our Lileks. Be sure to read the rest of it, too.