Dale describes himself as “fiscally conservative, and socially liberal,” but someone else might call him conflicted. On one hand he’s a registered Republican. On the other hand, the reason he allowed his ACLU membership to lapse is because they sold his address to other groups and he started getting more junk mail. Actually, he’s usually pretty consistent in his convictions.
So I was surprised when he told me that he was having second thoughts about his support of the Iraq invasion. He was just beginning to believe that Bush had lied about having proof that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Actually, he told me, he wouldn’t mind the lie if the true motive turns out to have been a principled one. But he didn’t believe that was the case here.
Then he told me that Bush could potentially be the Hitler of the 21st century. This is where I found myself defending Bush . . . entirely on the grounds that he was not as bad as Hitler.
The conversation shortly began to wane and I asked Dale a question, “Are you going to vote for Bush in 2004?”
Dale’s answer was, “I won’t decide until November.”