The Bush Dyslexicon

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June 08, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Happening upon a volume titled The Bush Dyslexicon, one would expect a mere catalog of presidential malapropisms. God knows Dubya has provided enough of them — from mere factual blunders (”They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it’s some kind of federal program”) to tautologies (”There is a lot of speculation and I guess there is going to continue to be a lot of speculation until the speculation ends”) to just plain nonsense (”There needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children”) — to fill an encyclopedia. But author Mark Crispin Miller is hunting bigger game, claiming that the bumbling Dubya got elected by turning his anti-intellectualism into a virtue, thus cowing the press into avoiding tough questions, lest it be seen as beating up on him. Miller also faults an electorate trained to hear only the most reassuring buzzwords in otherwise empty sound bites, which in effect gave Bush a pass on any substantive discussion of issues. Hmm, maybe he’s not so dumb after all.

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