Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Idiots in the End Zone

If you watch enough NFL football, you will occasionally be witness to an exceptionally bizarre phenomenon.

Let me set it up.

It's late in the fourth quarter, with maybe 30 seconds to go in the game. It's fourth-down and the team on offense is about 60 yards from the end zone. The team emerges from the huddle and sets at the line of scrimmage. The ball is snapped and the quarterback drops deep into the pocket. Spotting a wideout who has beaten the coverage, the quarterback unleashes a tremendous pass that travels 50 yards, landing in the soft hands of his receiver. With the defense nowhere in sight, the receiver waltzes right into the end zone for a touchdown. He spikes the ball and embarks upon an incredibly flamboyant celebratory display. In moments, he is joined by the entire offensive squad, all of whom participate in the joyous exhibition.

And thus, the game is transformed from a 42-0 rout to a 42-7 rout.

So, for all those people out there who are trumpeting the success of the Iraqi elections as a vindication of George Bush's foreign policy, remember that even though you might have just scored a touchdown, you're still getting your ass kicked. Don't forget that the road to this success was paved by a string of outrageous failures. As Publius put it:

Elections are great – yesterday was a historic achievement that none can deny. It's a notch in Bush's legacy belt to be sure. But it should not distract us from the reality that success will be difficult because of a series of wrong choices based on wrong assumptions by this administration and its cheerleaders. In the immortal words of the Wolf in Pulp Fiction (Harvey Keitel), “Well, let's not start suckin' each other's dicks quite yet.
Therefore, I would recommend that the administration and its supporters refrain from dancing in the end zone. I mean, when you're this deep in the whole, you just look like a bunch of idiots.
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