So, I'm sitting here watching Blitzer this afternoon, and the hot topic of the hour is the announcement of the nuking of the ports deal. The basic narrative over the ensuing half-hour is roughly this:
1.) Port deal has been sunk, largely due to Democrats and the "American People".
2.) Business analysts then chime in to say that going forward, the UAE may want to "rethink" a number of alliances and deals with the U.S. now that we've rained on their parade.
3.) Military analysts follow up by adding, "Yeah! And our bases in the UAE are critical in the WOT!"
4.) Then, segment teaser asks whether or not Iran is the most serious threat to America these days.
The ease with which I can imagine the reaction of some of the Bushies I've spoken with over the past 5 years is shocking. They'd point to these three stories as evidence of Liberal Bias in the media, since each focuses on what they perceive as Bush Bashing. "See! People are just being big meanies to Bush and it's because the media is obsessed with criticizing him and everything positive he tries to do for this country!"
However, a different narrative was perfectly clear to me:
1.) Democrats can and will be blamed for the following:
2.) Killing this deal will fuck up the economy,
3.) Killing this deal will fuck up the military,
4.) Oh, and by the way -- Iran wants to blow up your family.
As Bush's apologists myopically focus on the individual stories, they miss that the entire presentation is a WH talking point.