An April Fool’s Joke

President Bush Discovers a Cure for Cancer! However, his discovery was broadly denouced, for he did it “unilaterally, without adequate consultation, with a crude disregard for the sensibilities of others. … Anyway, a cure for cancer is all fine and nice, but what about AIDS?”, writes Martin Peretz of the New Republic, according to Inside Politics.

No, the president has not discovered a cure for cancer, but …, citing Liberal ‘churlishness’, Mr. Peretz continues:

“Bush, it now seems safe to say, is one of the great surprises in modern U.S. history. … Right up to the moment Bush became president, I was convinced that his mind … belonged to his father and to James Baker III, whose worldview seemed to be defined by the pecuniary prejudice of oil and Texas: Keep the ruling Arabs happy.

“But I was wrong, and, in light of what has already been achieved in the Middle East, I am glad to say so. Most American liberals, alas, enjoy no similar gladness. They are not exactly pleased by the positive results of Bush’s campaign in the Middle East. They deny and resent and begrudge and snipe. They are trapped in the politics of churlishness. …

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