The Greatest Comeback in Pennant History

October 21, 2004

[Or screw the reality-based community! We make reality! Keep the faith!]

I see that it’s become a fad for left-leaning bloggers with policy wonk proclivities like myself to declare themselves “proud members of the reality-based community” in the wake of Ron Suskind’s New York Times Sunday Magazine article, which relates the following delicious and now infamous diatribe by an (as yet) unnamed Bush Administration official:

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

But as fond as I am of the notion that “solutions emerge from the judicious study of discernible reality,” being a Red Sox fan and watching this American League pennant, I’ve been loathe to jump on this whole “reality-based” bandwagon.

And now that Boston is going to the World Series, I see my instincts have been vindicated.

Screw the reality-based community! We make reality! Keep the faith!


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