Doyle McManus at the L.A. Times is a nice guy with whom I have had several genial e-mail exchanges. However, I have a bone to pick with his front-page news analysis comparing Obama to FDR, under the phrase “Ambition and Audacity” (a phrase that The Times has repeatedly used in headlines as a sort of tagline for Obama):
I don’t want to argue about whether Obama is the new incarnation of FDR, other than to say that if he is, God help us all.
But McManus repeats another tired liberal canard that I can’t let pass: the fairy tale that President Bush who was selected and not elected:
In 2001, George W. Bush’s 100 days were proclaimed a solid success, especially for a president who came to the White House on the strength of a Supreme Court ruling after losing the popular vote.
Oh, my God. As a great man once said, here we go again.
First, the popular vote is not what counts, as Doyle McManus well knows.
And Bush came to the White House on the strength of being certified the winner by the Florida Secretary of State.
Every time I say this there are people who dispute it. They are wrong. If you want to take the time to see why in detail, I did an extensive analysis of the media recounts here.
Because it’s not true.