During the course of the Bush administration I referred to extremist right-wing ideologue and historian Victor Davis Hanson as Pangloss. Like Pangloss, for Hanson everyday presented itself as the best of all possible worlds. Bush was an infallible god-like figure who could do no wrong. Everyone and anyone who disagreed with the neocons – of which Hanson is one – was a decadent terrorist-loving puppy- hating leftist who did not realize that Bush’s presidency was a real life miracle ( Hanson was and is one of the more prominent members of the Cult of Bush). In 2007 when the housing bubble had burst, Bush’s job creation record was the worse since Herbert Hoover, no WMD had been found in Iraq and all the connections between Iraq, al-Qaeda turned out to be figments of Dick Cheney’s sick imagination and Republicans had run up a record deficit rather than rise revenue, Hanson wrote:
So why are we so upset with our political leadership? Despite the housing slump, it is not the worst of times. After all, the economy is still strong, with low inflation, low unemployment, low interest rates and respectable growth.
Bush leaves office and sells the fake ranch, one of Hanson’s handy symbols of Bush’s everyman status, and suddenly Hanson becomes Nurse Ratched. In both the novel and the film One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Nurse Ratchet is the quiet clenched teeth voice of insanity. She, like Hanson, is the ultimate ironic figure, the deeply disturbed and masochistic, swagging their finger at the less worthy, the less powerful. On July 17, 2010, still as astute as ever Hanson writes, Pampered populists
It’s surreal to see President Obama play the class-warfare card against the Republicans while on his way to vacation on the tony Maine coast, and even more interesting to note that now gone are the days when the media used to caricature Bush I (“Poppy”) for boating in the summer off the preppie-sounding Kennebunkport. The truth is that the real big money and the lifestyles that go with it are now firmly liberal Democratic.
I always suspected Nurse Ratched saved the occasional meds for herself. Nurse Ratched Hanson meet Karl Rove and friends, “Grassroots” Rove-linked group funded almost entirely by billionaires
Virtually all of the $4.7 million raised by Karl Rove’s new conservative outfit was contributed by just four billionaires, three of whom are based in Dallas, Texas, and two of whom made their fortune in the oil and gas industry.
[ ]…It’s also important to note that American Crossroads has set up a partner organization called American Crossroads GPS that, because it has a different tax status, does not have to reveal any donor information and is also more limited in spending its money on campaigns (Politico has more on this). American Crossroads GPS took in over $5 million in June, and we’ll likely never know who is putting up the money.
Everyone knows the first rule in the Conservative rule book: Deny all reality and create your own. Hanson always works this rule into every column he writes. That is not exaggeration. Every column he writes has it’s own fantasy based motif, declarative statements and world view. In the “Pampered” column he also goes by another rule in the playbook. When Conservatives have money it is because America is the land of opportunity and these industrious individuals have clawed their way to the top through hard work. On the other hand, according to Nurse Ratched Hanson, when Democrats have money it is because they are elitists whose money has magically appeared out of the liberal ether. The subset of this Conservative rule is that all working class Democrats – like actual nurses, police and fire fighters, carpenters, middle-managers, store clerks and scientists are terrorist loving Maoists.
General Jerry Boykin, who, in uniform, toured churches across the United States, declaring openly that “George W. Bush was not elected by the majority of the American people; he was appointed by God”