Myth: President Bush won re-election in a landslide.
While President Bush did recieve more votes than any other president in history, his victory is less than resounding when expressed in terms of percent of the popular vote. His margin of victory, adjusted for increased voter participation, pales in comparison to that of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 or Richard Nixon in 1972.
Furthermore, in terms of raw numbers, it should be noted that John Kerry recieved more votes than the winner of any past presidential election, including Ronald Reagan.
Myth: Bush’s victory represents a change in the moral direction of the country.
Inasmuch as both John Kerry and John Edwards opposed gay marriage, there was no change on that issue. An overwhelming majority of Democrats and such prominent Republicans as Arnold Schwarznegger and Rudy Giuliani continue to support abortion rights.
Myth: The liberally biased media gave an unfair and overly unfavorable perception of the president’s performance.
The Mirror that Matt Esposito refers to is a British tabloid and hence is not an accurate measure of legitimate American journalism. Anyone interested in learning how harshly the media treated Bush’s predacessor in the White House should consult “Spin Cycle” by Howard Kurtz.
Suffice it to say, GOP gloating is as baseless and unfounded as ever.