Until about two weeks ago, our friends in the liberal media, the Democratic Party, the State Department and France had consistently accused our president of being a simpleton. He was not like them, with their beautiful, subtle minds that could see 12 sides to every issue and thus be paralyzed into inaction. George Bush -- in their lofty view -- saw everything as good and evil, black and white, right and wrong, friend and foe. He was, of all appalling things -- a moralist, and, gasp, a practicing, believing Christian. He simply didn't have the intellectual firepower of his critics that permitted them to be devious, clever and amoral. Unlike them, President Bush didn't understand why we could never beat the Taliban in the rocky redoubts of Afghanistan (after all, they had held the British Empire and Soviet Union at bay for generations). Unlike his critics, the president didn't understand that defeating Iraq, if it could be done at all, would cost tens of thousands of dead G.I's, who would be subject to blistering volleys of chemical and biological weapons. But somehow, George, in his simpleminded, straightforward way, managed to blunder into Kabul and Baghdad, taking fewer casualties than are typically run up by drunken U.N diplomats crashing their cars into civilians around the world in a good year.
But after two years of being accused of being too stupid and moralizing to be president, George W. has passed two tax cuts, won two wars and maintained the highest sustained public job approval ratings in the history of presidential polling. So, just in time for the 2004 model year unveiling, the liberal media, et. al have come up with an even more implausible description of George W. Bush. We are now to believe that the president is the devious mastermind of a mind-bogglingly complex plot to deceive the world into thinking Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons. Not only did he have to deceive the credulous and naive French Intelligence Service, but also Russian and German intelligence, the U.N. Security Council and their inspectors, the State Department bureaucracy, including Colin Powell personally, and Tony Blair and the vaunted British Intelligence establishment. Because before the war, all those entities honestly believed -- and consistently reported to the world press -- that they believed Saddam had such weapons.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.