Liberal on Fox News, 2002: 'My Hope' Is Bush 'Messes Up The War' in Iraq

Did a liberal on TV ever declare they wanted Bush to fail in Iraq? Well, here’s one from the Fox News Channel. On the December 27, 2002 edition of Your World With Neil Cavuto, during a discussion with left-winger Ellen Ratner on expectations the economy would grow and the stock market would go up in 2003:

BRENDA BUTTNER: You’re basically saying he’s [Bush] going to get re-elected. I mean essentially.

ELLEN RATNER, FNC political analyst: Well, unless the economy tanks –

BUTTNER: The economy could. That’s what people vote on.

RATNER: Well, unless he messes up the war [with Iraq]. My hope.

BUTTNER: Your hope?!

RATNER: Well, I don’t want him to be reelected!

BUTTNER: Right, but I mean, "mess up the war," what do you mean by that?

RATNER: I mean, do something that will make Americans say, ‘maybe we shouldn’t have done this.’ You know, that kind of thing.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis