More ‘Is Bush Wired?’ Yammering

Another day, another one-day pass from Salon to read Dave Lindorff on the subject of Bush’s electronic receiver: Technical expert: Bush was wired.

I’m posting this mainly because traffic to continues to run about 80% referrals from, in the wake of their slashdotting a few days ago.

I find this story really interesting. Not the story about whether Bush is wired or not, but the story about how y’all are obsessing over the question so much, and what the rampant conspiracizing out here on the Internets might mean in terms of the election.

I’ve been publicly wringing my hands, liberal-like, over the prospect of dishonest campaigning by Bush successfully returning him to office. What would that say about the gullibillity of the electorate, and the future of US democracy? Whinge, whinge, whinge.

Well, lookee now: It seems at least possible that the same gullibillity might lead to Bush losing the election, as some ambiguous bulges in his jacket and a realtime communications medium that serves as a mind-boggingly powerful amplifier of random wingnuttery spreads the meme that he’s a dirty trickster who cheats in debates. Which, while it seems at least somewhat credible to me, is a hell of a long way from being adequately demonstrated. For people to actually alter their voting behavior based on this story would be just as damning, in its own way, as Bush being able to successfully use crap like the Swift boat ads to sabotage Kerry.

So, am I as depressed at the prospect that a broken democracy might cause Bush to lose the election as I am that it might let him win it?

Hm. I’ll have to get back to you on that.

5 Responses to “More ‘Is Bush Wired?’ Yammering”

  1. Tom Buckner Says:

    On the off chance that you didn’t get my E-mail (which I sent to about twenty different people), I’ll post it here.
    Subj: URGENT: How Kerry Can Finish Bush Off in the Debate

    I was going to record this tune and spread it on
    the internets, but there just isn’t time. Forward
    to anybody you want, it needs to reach the right
    people (i.e. the Kerry campaign) in just 24

    Not In The News (Furious George Mix)
    Tom Buckner

    Mister Kerry, if you want to win, you can do it
    in a single move
    Just pat George on the back, that’s all you have
    to do
    You may just find a lump
    The debate is the time to jump

    Your time is fleeting, but if he’s cheating
    When you shake hands at your next little meeting
    You can find out if he’s wired
    If they’re feeding him all his lies

    It must not have happened if it’s not in the news
    Or maybe it’s not important like a Hollywood
    It must not have happened if it’s not in the news
    Or maybe it’s just a question of who controls the

    Get him rattled in the heat of battle
    And when he’s getting bugged
    Just say “Yes, I understand,
    It’s no fun when your ears are plugged
    Please, Sir, show America
    You’re an honest man, please sir, remove your
    I’ll even remove mine first!
    Do you love truth or attack it?”

    It must not have happened if it’s not in the news
    Or maybe it’s not important like a Hollywood
    It must not have happened if it’s not in the news
    Or maybe it’s just a question of who controls the

    (Spoken coda)
    Hey! Furious George! Why didn’t you take your
    flight physical? How many times have you been
    arrested? Who ratted out an active CIA agent?
    Isn’t that treason? Why didn’t you just warn the
    public that there might be suicide hijackers?
    That woulda worked, you know. Passengers would
    have beat them to a pulp before they ever got to
    the twin towers! Didn’t think of that, did you?

    I think you get the idea. Either Kerry finds that
    lump and sandbags the cheating SOB, or else Bush
    has to debate without it and leaves the stage in
    a straitjacket. Either way, I raise a toast.
    Tom Buckner

  2. Aaron Says:

    Like so many things, the reason the “Bush was wired” theory has legs is because, to a large number of American’s, it is believable. This is one of the reasons the Bush campaign tried to get so far ahead of Kerry in creating a public persona of a “flip-flopper”, such that the realities were filtered through that preconception. Who cares what the truth is – it’s all about spin.

  3. Ryan P Says:

    I think it was a bullet proof vest. However I think its silly for Bush to just admit that. The only reason I can think of is that he wants people to feel like there isn’t much of a threat and that he isn’t paranoid.

  4. Eric Lee Says:

    You said “conspiracizing” — I love it.

  5. Tom Buckner Says:

    The Bushists said he was NOT wearing a flak jacket. They also said the fotos were faked until it was pointed out that they came from the video feed. They are REAL.
    Aaron says “Who cares what the truth is – itís all about spin.” Well, that, Aaron, is just what the Bushists want you to say. “They’re equally bad, I think I’ll stay home.” Let the brainwashed superchristians make your decisions for you.
    Dude, there is such a thing as truth (even if one is not in a position to know what the truth is). It’s easy to say “It’s all spin” when you are still getting regular meals and disinfotainment (bread and circuses).
    I CARE WHAT THE TRUTH IS, Aaron. We are not merely deciding the fate of the United States, but very possibly that of the human fuckng goddamn race.
    Do you know who Sir Martin Rees is? He holds the position of Astronomer Royal in Britain. All you need to know is that he’s smarter than me and you, and has written a book called Our Final Hour which you can easily find on He says there is a 50% chance that our species will be EXTINCT by the end of this century.

    Now, you tell me: do you think a corrupt, brain-damaged, Revelation-believing rapture-maniac anti-environmentalist warmonger is a GOOD choice to run a global superpower at this particular moment?

    In other words, moving to Canada if he wins is but a temporary measure. When he says “You can run, but you can’t hide,” Bush refers not only to terrorists, but to lovers of freedom, hell, even to those who want their grandchildren to grow up.

    And you think “Who cares?”

    I think this is the point where I say “Gimme a fucking break.”

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