Looks like I'm not the only one who's making this comparison. From Lileks' Bleat today:
Believing in Bush’s perfidy gives some people the same comfort and emotional nourishment others get from believing in Jesus. It validates them, cements their view of the world – venal, conspiratorial, run by capering chimps who are somehow ten times less intelligent than Usenet posters but somehow able to yank strings on a global scale.
He then goes on to crush Michael Moore. It's tasty.