I have long been fascinated by Bush-hatred, how the mere mention of the president’s name or presentation of his image could whip certain denizens of the fever swamps into a high-pitched frenzy.
Whenever I go to a bookstore, I am amused by the amount of ink these people spill attemping to prove how horrible, no good and very bad is the forty-third president of the United States. Studying history as if it began on January 1, 1981, they deem him the worst president ever.
Today, while browsing at a nearby Borders, I chanced upon the Bad President Countdown Page-A-Day Calendar 2008. Given how prominently the bookstore displayed this calendar, I assumed there was a market for it and wonder at how the kind of people who would buy it.
The individuals who purchase this would likely place this on their desk on other prominent place in their abode, subjecting themselves every day to a different image of the man they hate with such fervor. What kind of person would want to remind himself constantly of something they loathe?
And I wondered again about the psychology of Bush-hatred.
It’s not just Bush. Some of these people have an obsession with any Republican who happens to win the White House. Back in 1987, I recall seeing a “Ronald Reagan Countdown Calendar” advertised in either the Village Voice or New Yorker (perhaps both). (One poster at Democratic Underground boasts of still having his.)
What makes such people so fascinated by images of those they claim to hate?
I would wonder the same thing about a conservative who displayed a “Clinton Countdown Calendar” in 2000. (Apparently such a thing did exist.)