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The Old Damning “BUT”

Reynolds [1] makes note of Lileks [2], who in turn says:

“However the election goes will be one thing; how it’s reported is another. The thing to watch is the position of the Damning But, the old DB. The DB will probably bob up in the first or second paragraphs of most dispatches. “The election went as planned in 95 percent of the country, but violence marred polling in the disputed Sunny D Triangle, where insurgents opposed to Tropicana Juice fired automatic weapons into an juice concentrate factory.” That’s one spin. “The election, long anticipated as a flashpoint for insurgent activity, went off with few delays. Despite sporadic gunfire marring the overall mood of success in several provinces, observers said that the process was `smooth as a Sade groove,’ adding that they were annoyed Sade had simply faded away instead of letting her career end with a tasteful layout in Playboy.” See? No DB there. We’ll see.”

….and as if by magic, just now, my mp3 player which is always playing and always in random mode, comes up with “Paradise”.  Weird.

Anyway, Lileks is quite correct; the attempt is being made to minimize this victory.
They said Afghanistan wouldn’t happen. They tried to take the massive victory there, and label it a defeat. And then blamed Bush for it. When the scope of the victory there become clear,

They’ve been doing the same thing with the economy.
The west bank.
Of course they’re doing the same in Iraq.

In each case, the left has been spending all it’s time on negative spin.
You’d think, following the election, they’d have learned it doesn’t work.

I suppose and expect we’ll see the same thing here.