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Can Bush Be Ousted?
By Robert Parry
October 1, 2005
Can American voters impose any meaningful accountability on George W. Bush, including possibly removing him and his team from office?
That’s a question – implicit in our recent stories about his administration’s failures – that has attracted skepticism from some readers. Several have sent e-mails expressing strong doubts that anything at all can be achieved through the electoral process, given the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the complicity of the mainstream news media.
There is much to be said for those arguments. A sub-theme of my book, Secrecy & Privilege, is that the massive conservative investment in media, think tanks and attack groups over the past three decades has led to a systemic change in U.S. politics, the creation of a right-wing machine that can crush almost anyone who gets in the way.
While there have been some cracks in that machine – with the bad news from Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, pocketbook issues like gasoline prices and corruption probes of leading Republicans – the conservatives retain a huge advantage when it comes to putting out and repeating a message that will resonate with their followers and average voters.
Liberals and the Left have been remarkably slow in recognizing the danger from this media-driven conservative juggernaut. Though progressive talk radio and Internet bloggers have begun to challenge the Right’s media dominance, those efforts are still grossly under-funded and lack anything like the reach of the conservative apparatus.
In such an imbalanced media environment, most national Democrats prefer to play it safe, staying close to the political herd. That timidity, in turn, demoralizes the liberal base, which is desperate for someone to emerge as a courageous leader.
A recurring theme in the e-mails responding to our articles, such as “What to Do About the Bush Problem