The Anchoress makes the point in language I only dream of:
Perhaps I am a dim bulb, but President Bush has never surprised me, and that is probably why I have never felt let down or “betrayed” by him. He is, in essentials, precisely who he has ever been.
Imagine being the guy who has given his base one splendid nominee after another, in all manner of posts, make a nomination he thinks appropriate only to find that “base” coming out with both *guns, defaming his nominee and directing all manner of insult at himself. President Bush is nothing if not loyal; his loyalty is often his downfall. When he asked for a little trust (which he had surely earned) a little loyalty and a little faith, from “the base,” he got kicked in the groin, over and over again, for daring to think differently, for falling out of lockstep with his policy-wonk “betters.”
That had to be bitter, for him. At that point Bush, unchanged in essentials, might have wondered if his conservative “base” had become a bit over-confident and loose-hipped, so cock-sure of their majority (not that congress used it) so certain of their own brilliance that they were beginning to believe they didn’t need him; that he wasn’t conservative enough, after all, and that the next president was going to be the solid, “uncompassionate” conservative they’d really wanted all along.
The president who had delivered one gift after another to his base asked them to trust him, and his base sneered.
Ever stop to think maybe the president feels his base has abandoned him, that uncontent with 75%, they’ve simply moved beyond reason? Ever stop to think that while you’re calling the president every despicable name in the book and demanding his fealty or you’ll “teach him a lesson,” that perhaps there is a lesson you need to learn? That a good man, disinterested in merely laughing or crying for the camera for 8 years and looking to do a difficult job in the face of unprecedented hate, unprecedented speed of communication, unprecedented global instability, unprecedented backstabbing from within his own CIA, deserves some loyalty and the benefit of a doubt as he tries to bring you the 75% you so callously spit back at him as insufficient?
Here is a question, and I’ll be writing on it some more during the week, but start thinking about it, now: HOW DO YOU RECEIVE A GOOD?
How you receive a good has a lot to do with whether any more “good” comes your way. The Conservatives got a “good” in 2000 and 2004; they’re receiving it very badly, indeed. I think the throwing-under-the-bus-of-George-W-Bush by “the base” is one of the most shameful things I have ever witnessed in all my years of watching politics, from both sides of the political spectrum.
Right Wing Demagogues are looking a gift horse in the teeth…
Personally, I hope he bites them…
That’s me speaking…
You will look back at this President and this Presidency like you look back at FDR, TR, Lincoln, and Washington. No others. Not Reagan, not Wilson, not Kennedy - he is, and will forever be, top tier.
He has never lied to you.
And, you knew what you were voting for.
Remember one thing Demagogues, the net never forgets. You will not be able to tell your grandchildren that you supported 'W' in a time of war and internal conflict in a manner you can be proud of. You are the stripper that posed for Hustler and is now trying to hide that from your children. Getting through college, or something. Wailing about Social Security, Harriet Miers, Port Deals, and Illegal Immigration. Wailing, but accomplishing nothing. I am relieved that he is a better man than you.
If you have moved to the right,
If the nation has moved to the right,
Do it with dignity and grace.
There will be elections soon enough.
Leave the ranting
and the panting
and the pitiful antics of pampered brats
to spoiled children, powerless for a saeculum.