Saturday, October 08, 2005

He Could Have Been a Contender

IT should have been the crowning moment of his administration, the opportunity to exercise one of his most important privileges as President by picking two new judges to serve on the Supreme Court, thereby stamping his mark on American society for the next few decades, as only a few presidents have done before him. Instead, President Bush’s astonishingly short-sighted decision last week to nominate a close colleague with no judicial track record for the Supreme Court, following an earlier uninspired choice, risks condemning his administration to being remembered as the most debilitating since the sorry rule of Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s. There is no pleasure in recording this. This newspaper is second to none in its pro-American sentiments; in the early Bush years it devoted much ink to defending the President against the often malevolent and ignorant attacks of a congenitally anti-American European media. But we know a lost cause when we see one: the longer President Bush occupies the White House the more it becomes clear that his big-government domestic policies, his preference for Republican and business cronies over talented administrators, his lack of a clear intellectual compass and his superficial and often wrong-headed grasp of international affairs – all have done more to destroy the legacy of Ronald Reagan, a President who halted then reversed America’s post-Vietnam decline, than any left-liberal Democrat or European America-hater could ever have dreamed of. As one astute American conservative commentator has already observed, President Bush has morphed into the Manchurian Candidate, behaving as if placed among Americans by their enemies to do them damage.

I know just how you feel. Really.

Special hat tip to Andrew Sullivan, who feels the same way.


At 4:31 PM, Blogger The Truffle said...

I dunno, Dennis. I think that Republicans in general and arch-conservatives in particular have been taken for a ride. George W. Bush's loyalties are first and foremost to his cronies and big business.

He does not care about small government, compassionate conservatism, or pragmatic solutions. He is concerned only with satisfying the demands of the richest 2% of this country. Plenty of people saw through this administration long ago. I'm sorry that it took so long for conservatives to get it.

At 8:35 AM, Blogger Dublinmovieman said...

I couldn't agree more. Presidents like Nixon and Reagan were intelligent, accomplished men. They inspired trust and respect. How did we end up with the goober that occupies the White House now? I have never seen corruption and cronyism so blatantly displayed. The country has been hoodwinked and taken for a ride. We need a new republican administration. The current administration has little to do with republicanism. They are religious zealots and political radicals. Their incompetence has slowly become more and more evident. I fear for the next three years.


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