Lileks And The Evil Overlord
I don’t think it occurred to the people who cooked up this campaign that it might not give everyone the same self-satisfied smirk it provided to the author of the copy. I think this one got anointed with groupthink lubricant and slid unhindered down the chute. I think they’d honestly be surprised to find that anyone objected. No, amend that: anyone who mattered. Anyone who didn’t pronounce the name of the play as OhEeedeePus. “But that could never happen. Right?” Meaning, it already has, and we all know it. One can certainly argue that a powerful leader is the cause of some countrymen’s distress, since a certain percentage of the electorate will always regard the other party as a hydra-headed tapeworm that slithered out of Satan’s hindquarters. But this is a bit more explicit and general. A powerful leader. Fails to see. That he is the cause. Of his country’s distress. Oh! So it’s about Saddam! Right?...This bit reminds me of the wonderful Evil Overlord list. It's a nice skewering of the cliches that always defeat the bad guy who's trying to take over the world. ("Want to be an evil overlord? Don't do this....") In particular, Lileks' observation reminds me of item #12: "One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation."
...This is why companies of all sorts should keep one Republican on staff, perhaps behind glass, with a small hammer on a chain nearby in case of emergency. Run this stuff past the old dinosaur now and then. Just for fun. Could help. Never know.
This is why the MSM and the cultural Left are doomed--can't even make it through item 12 of the Evil Overlord list. Death by cliche awaits. (with nasty, big, pointy teeth.)