You would think they’d get tired of denigrating George W. Bush. It’s old. It’s pathetic. Maybe the people who detest him so much, left and right, need to get a life. We know they’re going to have a new target – Sarah Palin.
I can’t say enough about this great man, other than I miss him already. As soon as he has time to rest up just a little, he needs to pick up the phone and inform MLB that he is tanned, rested, and ready to take on the most important job in the world – Commissioner of Baseball.
AJ Strata has a very nice tribute.
Bruce Anderson puts it quite well:
“…It is not difficult to make the case against George Bush. There have been mistakes. But in their abuse of him, many of his liberal critics demonstrate their own weak hold on reality. In trying to belittle him, they merely reveal their own littleness. George Bush is a much more considerable figure than the caricature version. As he has set great events in motion, it will be impossible to judge his Presidency for many years. It is not impossible that history will offer a partial vindication….”
J. R. Dunn has an interesting take on it at American Thinker. I think he probably correct.
“…What were the reasons for this hatred and the campaign that grew out of it? We can ask that question as often as we like, but we’ll get no rational answer. All that we can be sure of is that Bush’s actual policies and personality had little to do with it. Al Gore’s egomaniacal attempt to defy this country’s constitutional rules of succession merely acted as a trigger, giving the left a pretext to open up the attack. The same can be said about lingering bitterness over Bill Clinton’s impeachment. While certainly a factor, it by no means accounts for a complete explanation. After all, did the GOP of the 70s go overboard in avenging Richard Nixon’s forced resignation by working over Jimmy Carter? The best course was actually that which they followed, to allow Mr. Peanut to destroy himself.
As in all such cases, Bush hatred involves a number of factors that will be debated by historians for decades to come. But one component that cannot be overlooked is ideology, specifically the ideologization of American politics. It is no accident that the three most hated recent presidents are all Republican. These campaigns are yet another symptom of the American left’s collapse into an ideological stupor characterized by pseudo-religious impulses, division of the world into black and white entities, and the unleashing of emotions beyond any means of rational control. The demonization of Bush — and Reagan, and Nixon — is the flip-side of the messianic response to Barack Obama….”
It’s like this – they no longer have George W. Bush to kick around. What-ever will they do?