The pictures [from Abu Ghraib] … [have] shaken the Bush administration to its core.
At some point the Democrats, anti-war Left and various other Copperheads are going to have to realize that after almost four years, there’s not going to be some sort of magic event that causes the Bush Administration to collapse like the Soviet Union. They are unwilling to put in the hard effort to come up with, and present in a coherent manner, and fight for, a positive program for which they will be rewarded with power, instead opting for the attitude of the lottery ticket buyer who believes that they really, really are going to get rich that way.
It’s not that they won’t, it’s that they can’t. The basic worldview that informs the Left these days is based on logo-realism, the idea that words are more important than deeds, that action is simply fluff over the central reality of social concensus (the EUlite are the epicenter of this mode of thought). It is inherent to this view to search for the magic words that will change the political situation because clearly Bush’s popularity is built on top of similar verbal tricks. One need only find the linch-thought of the edifice and destroy it to bring the entire thing crashing down and allow a new reality to be written.
In contrast, to believe in the efficacy of patient action for incremental improvement is to become a conservative. That would mean that things are as they are, regardless of people’s opinions. Clearly that’s just silly.