The American Interest

European Bushophobia

The announcement of President George W. Bush’s victory last November 3 was immediately followed by an outpouring of vitriol by a legion of European editorialists and op-ed columnists.  The Michael Moore wannabes ranted and raved while the “analysts” whined and wailed.  The tone of the former was set by a Fleet Street tabloid, the Daily Mirror.  “You have to feel sorry for the millions of Yanks in the big cities,” opined its editorialist, for the “sophisticated side of the electorate” who voted to kick Bush out:

As for the ones who put him in, across the Bible Belt and the South, us outsiders can only feel pity.  Were I a Kerry voter, though, I’d feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets.  The self-righteous, gun-totin’, military lovin’, sister marryin’, abortion-hatin’, gay-loathin’, foreigner-despisin’, non-passport ownin’ red-necks, who believe God gave America the biggest d--k in the world so it could urinate on the rest of us and make their land “free and strong” . . . Yanks had the chance to show the world a better way this week, instead they made a thuggish cowboy ride off into the sunset bathed in glory.

The broadsheets were saying exactly the same thing,...

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