2008: Churchill Was Right
It was supposed to be a quiet year for Fearless Leader. Everybody knew everything they needed to know about the man. Reminders would serve only to make John McCain’s task more difficult. As it was, the Ancient Mariner could not shake loose from the albatross. But, Bush’s intentional absence probably saved the Geezer from a more vicious beatdown. So give the man credit. He did not make a disaster worse than it already was. The man can be taught after all.
Anyway: what Bush did do essentially ran to form. For a guy who is not known for his agility in language, “enhanced interrogation techniques” was such a lovely turn of phrase. Vetoing a ban on such tactics allowed him to cling to that fiction just a little bit longer. And the explosion in gas prices gave him a pretext for pushing for more drilling, the environment be damned. And the dodging of subpoenas and the asserting of executive privilege and so on and so on.
And, finally, the last straw. The economy was, supposedly, the only strong point left, as the job market — notwithstanding the shift from manufacturing to service jobs, with worse pay, benefits and job security — was still hanging in there. But, after years of lax regulation and oversight, the economy imploded. He feebly tried to talk his way out of it, but nobody was listening anymore.
The bottom line? Dubya was never one for polls — which is a good thing, because he reached the depths of his unpopularity just as people were getting ready to decide who his replacement would be. And yet, despite it all, he summoned up the gumption to openly mock “the angry Left” at the Republican National Convention. He, of course, was within his rights. How could anyone have cause to be angry with him?
There are about seventy different versions of this quote, but this one sounds about right:
America can always be counted on to do the right thing, after it has exhausted all other possibilities.
Amen to that, brother.