When Bill O'Reilly is taking aim at a Republican incumbent, you know that something out of the ordinary is underway. O'Reilly is a pundit on Fox News, a cable news network that leans more than a little to the right. Today, he admitted that he is "much more skeptical about the Bush administration now..." and that he no longer believes that Iraq posed an "imminent threat" to the United States. This act of non-partisan thought proves that Mr. O'Reilly does have a heart and he cares about the state of the nation enough to actually speak out (even if it is after the fact, ie. over 500 American lives have been lost and hundreds of billions of dollars were wasted).
This may translate well for opponents to the Bush administration, since card-carrying Republicans are not usually wont to criticizing their own. John Kerry is probably enjoying his French fries smothered in Heinz ketchup on an airplane over Tenessee right now, giggling to himself and feeling his newly-smoothed forehead. (Mmm...Botox) The latest poll numbers indicate that Bush's approval rating is in the 50 percent range, which is not uncommon for American presidents near the end of their first term. Let's hope that whoever becomes Democratic candidate doesn't pull an Al Gore in 2004!
Yesterday, I was watching CNN's popular show "Crossfire", where pundits from the Left and from the Right duke it out in one minute freestyle rant sessions. It makes for exciting viewing but I think it takes away from the debate, since evolved and sublime arguments rarely make it to air--instead, we have two grown men screaming their points at each other while a studio audience whoops in the background. Sort of like Jerry Springer, only much less nudity and more politics. Thankfully, we Canadians have the good ol' CBC to rely upon. Our debates are a great substitute for sleeping pills.
If there is any justice in the world, George W. Bush will be censured, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will call an election in the spring and the NDP will become the official opposition, and I'll get a job that pays more than eight bucks an hour. Let me tell you that it is difficult to type when your fingers are crossed.