Disagreeing intelligently

Thanks to all those who love President Bush and have e-mailed me thanks and praise.

Thanks to all those who hate President Bush and have e-mailed me explaining why I’m a fool, dupe or, my favorite, a “Karl Rove operative.”

It should come as no surprise that I find it much more engaging to avoid the hate mail and to read the articulate observations of intelligent individuals who really despise Bush but still believe that the English language is best understood when the words are lined up using certain syntactical conventions. (Typos and misspellings are fine in real-time blogging and commenting, but I’ve been receiving some jumbled gibberish that, ironically, is trying to convince me how unintelligent the President is.)

For an example of enlightened anti-Bush discourse, this evening on DailyKos, some very bright Bushophobes are dissecting my observations with some thoughtful and insightful scalpels.

I’ll admit, however, that one of my favorite of the comments is one of the lesser insightful ones, but is, nonetheless, a funny post (anonymous, however [later: correction: posted by “kelly”]) about the President giving me the nickname Hammock Man:

Sheesh. That’s not a cute nickname, it’s a mnemonic device so Bush could remember his name for the speech. Doesn’t this guy (Rex Hammock) know that? Kinda sad… Well, at least Rex is a publisher and not a Speedo manufacturer… (Note: His source on the “mnemonic device” insight is a piece by Gail Sheehy.)

Dear Sheesh [Later: I mean kelly]: Of course I knew that Hammock Man was a mnemonic device so that Bush could remember my name for the speech. I also suspected that the name placard sitting in front of me and my name written boldly on the notes sitting on his podium were also mnemonic devices to help him remember my name. But, Sheesh. you don’t seem to be getting the point that others in your discussion are. George W. Bush understands (like Bill Clinton) that humans are wired in such a way as to appreciate it when others of the species go to the trouble of using mnemonic devices to remember their names.

As for the Speedo-comment. Perhaps you can read more Gail Sheehy to seek a better understanding of why that word-association popped into your mind.