Skip to comments.I would Like to Personally than G.W.Bush
Posted on 11/05/2008 6:02:10 AM PST by FreeLuna
Thank you Pres. Bush for being a wholly inarticulate educator of and a hypocritical example of conservatism. Thank you for creating more Rinos than the Serengeti plains. Thank you for the greatest increase in government spending since ever and thank you for ignoring the obvious lack of troops in Iraq for so long that America turned against a fully winnable and incredibly justified war. Thank you for Pres. Obama. really....thanks.
his only positive political legacy in 2008 is the re-election of the governor of Indiana, his former budget guy. No one else advanced from this eight years. Compare to all the Clinton guys in governor positions.
What a disaster this turned into.
Water under the bridge;its time to get back to work. My first project? Denying Claire McCaskill re-election here in MO..
For the first time now I, too, can say something is Bush’s fault. We can thank him for Obama. He never even tried to be the leader of conservatism. Thanks (or “so long and thanks for all the fish...)
President Bush was very good at making sure he had 50%+1 on two days in eight years. He was not particularly concerned with having it for a third day.
He has been good on the WOT. Frankly, I’ll take that, and be happy with it.
I still love W (as a man). But he was a HORRIBLE president during his second term.
Allowing the media to destroy his legacy, and conservative principles, all while he had the bully pulpit is unforgiveable.
His inarticulateness killed US.
Four short years ago, Pres. Bush garnered over 63 million votes, more than Obama received last night. The msm and Democrats in Congress and the Senate immediately began the job of dismantling any mandate he thought he had.
They were totally successful because he did not fight back at all. There were literally weeks when he was not visible at all.
BO deserves exactly as much reverential treatment from conservatives as Democrats gave Pres. Bush.
Bush led the GOP from dominance to oblivion, and did it by spending. Supposedly he kept us “safe”. I don’t feel particularly “safe” right now.
I really liked him, but not anymore. I agree that he paved the way for 0bama.
Most second terms are disasters.
Easy to lash out at someone this morning, but I refuse to pile on Bush right now. Let’s come back and fight another day, and identify the real enemy here, 0bama.
Thank your President Bush.
You stand tall among political midgets.
We were wise to choose you over Senator McCain in 2000.
God Bless President Bush. He spent 8 years of 24-7 non stop attacks from our enemies, the press, the democrats, and many from his own team. I wish him and his family all the best.
Bush has been a disaster for the Republican brand. Everybody knew what Ronald Reagan stood for. Everybody knew what the 1994 GOP stood for.
Bush has appointed good justices and fought strongly against the War On Terror.
But what has he done to advance conservative principles?
Which portions of the Contract For America has he advanced?
That’s a total cop-out.
All the responsibility for letting the media eat Bush alive and letting the GOP go soft can be found in the mirror.
If we’re lucky maybe now we’ll hear the wakeup call.
Too bad he didn’t learn from his father’s mistakes about reaching across the aisle.
Bush is here clearly because he worked across the aisle and the left always uses that against the right.
Unfortunately we would love to have bi-partisan approach within our country but it just isn’t going to happen.
Bush also deserves all the crap anyone and everyone can pile on him.
The only positive point is he has kept American soil fairly safe during the last 8 years.
He totally blew it with Rumsfield though...aye yi yi
“For the first time now I, too, can say something is Bushs fault”
I defended W to the hilt for years, all the while I prayed for him to step forward and teach America why he was right, historically and philosophically. He failed. He failed to sound the alarms of the Mortgage industries fiasco, he should have screamed from the roof of the White House if he had to. I love him as a person,but, he failed us all.
I think the negative assessment of W is a continuation of blaming everything on him. The blame propaganda was effective. I think a sober reassessment W will be coming after a dose of Obamachev.
The class of ‘94 began getting corrupted long before W got there.
W never was a doctrinaire, screw-the-Dems conservative; not in Texas, not in Washington.
It would have been nice to see him fight back once in a while, though.
But so too did all of the “moderate” / “centrists” Republicans. BTW - I love Mac as an American but his campaign's only real hope for life began with his selection of Gov Palin.
IMO this election should provide ample verification proof that if thee GOP goes with a Leader that is strong “moderate” rather than competent Conservative then one of 2 things is an eventual certainty.
1 - the GOP MAY win the Presidency, but its very unlikely unless you can force the other side to push really bad candidates like Gore or Kerry.
2 - if a "Moderate" is elected (as the not as bad candidate) they will set up the GOP for institutionalized failure because we will not be in opposition to the Dems without first having to be in opposition with our “Leader” and that will cause the GOP to take savage beating after savage beating in the press.
Eventually the GOP loses anyway.
The moderates were THE big losers IMO, so lets get to doing the hard work to find that Conservative Leader in the best likeness of Ronald Reagan.
Did you do enough to support President Bush when he was on the right track? And when he veered to the center, why didn’t you do more to help him move the country back to the right? Too many conservatives sat on their hands and watched as the president was attacked constantly AND DID NOTHING. Instead of guiding him toward a more conservative path, we threw him to the sharks. We didn’t help ourselves at all when we had the chance. We got lazy and complacent and left it to someone else to fix. Frankly it is idiocy to put the blame solely on one man when too few conservatives were there for the cause. One man can’t fight an entire world. Can you honestly say that you did enough?
Good post, thanks for saying that.
I agree. When President Bush and the Republicans look in the mirror they will see who failed to defend them. Compassionate Conservatism. Blah! Never want to hear those words again.
I don’t blame him for everything. I blame him for professing to be a conservative and then creating huge new programs of entitlements and presiding over a congress that spent money like teenagers with daddy’s credit card. I blame him for half-heartedly speaking out against Fannie and Freddie and for selling Iraq as a hunt for WMD’s and then stubbornly ignoring the facts on the ground until 2006.
Eric, keep in touch with me. I work with a MO GOP bigwig. After I thoroughly chastise his ass for 30 mins, Im getting back to work. MO GOP doesnt get another dime until Im onboard. It starts with Claire..
Bush has left an absolute shambles behind, and BO will only make it worse.
The big winner is Osama bin Laden. The modest “investment” he made on 9-11 has cost our country blood, treasure, and degrees of freedom, and now we get a President named after Mohammed’s horse (Barack.)
Bush is the “thank you sir, may I have another” president.
That has got to be the understatement of the year. Progressive vermin fomented and fanned the flames of anger and resentment against Bush into full-blown, gut-wrenching hatred so that every lie, slander and exaggeration was taken for granted as truth. This was all in preparation for Obama to be their messiah.
I don’t know. I donated, I voted, I worked the phones. Should I have marched with torches? I realize that he is not solely to blame,but, he was the leader of the party. He used conservatives to get elected and then turned his back. If I’m not mistaken his education and Medicare spending all came in his first term. When was he on the right track?
Thank him for the current Supreme Court.
Thank him for the war on terror.
Thank him for restoring diginity to the Presidency.
If you think he somehow destroyed the republican party, you are not very bright and are simply looking for excuses. While I have my problems with Bush, I don’t blame him for the political demographics of this country.
Also, the intel sector of the military was not ready to effectively use more troops. They would of been targets.
Also, the Sunnis were not ready to dump Al Queda.
So, for internal reason in Washington, the Pentagon and in Iraq, there was nothing to be done but be patient. Something which our enemies were not betting on that we could be. We were, they lost.
Iraq will be studied as a great success for hundreds of years.
“If you think he somehow destroyed the republican party, you are not very bright and are simply looking for excuses.”
It is true. I am not very bright. I expected a two term President to have some positive impact on an election and to actually be respected enough to be seen with his party’s candidate. I’m disappointed. I will fight on. I just need a day. Nah..maybe an hour. Perhaps history will vindicate W.
All of this is NOT the fault of GWB. He inherited a military and CIA in shambles. Remember the first bombing of the WTC? Clinton didn't even go there!
Remember the W's missing from WH keyboards?
I think Bush will look better in history. He won't have Leno and Letterman to determine public opinion.
Laura will not be stealing the WH silver when she goes.
Stop bashing a man who kept his morals and respect for the office!
Bush didn't have a Repub congress with backbone!
Speak for yourself if you want to blame conservatives.
President Bush was elected on a platform we supported. He let us down.
The Republican National Committee let us down too.
Let's review: leave Afghanistan go to Iraq...Fight war on shoe string...leave Dems in his administration...Harriot Myers fiasco...Medicare Drug program...proposing social security change before getting his party on board...Illegal alien Citizenship...to name a few.
I’ll never vote for a Texan again.
He never gave a damn about defending our party. Loyalty is a one way street with the Bush family.
I second that.
President Bush defeated John McCain in 2000 because the public rightly perceived him as more conservative.
His two appointments to the Supreme Court have probably saved this nation from the disaster on the Court that Obama would bring. Obama will likely only get to replace Ginsburg and Stevens. Those are both very liberal justices. Replacing O Connor and Rehnquist would have been an immediate and irrevocable national disaster.
President Bush is an awesome leader by his manner of not reducing himself to the ignorant hate that dominates his critics on the right and left. Despite his continually alleged ineptitude, he was on so many issues successful with his agenda— most importantly protecting the nation from further terror attacks.
The winning of two major wars is an astounding extension of American deterrence that makes the Somalias and Lebanaon fiascos look like well. . . fiascos. American deterrence is higher than ever because of his incredible leadership.
In reading the criticisms of Bush you always see the same consistent shallow demeaning attitude. You are forced to recognize that Bush was what his critics most wanted to be: a leader.
Bush was of such extraordinary character that he did not like Bill Clinton try to impose himself on this election or make it about the defense of his legacy— which he would be more than entitled to do. He allowed McCain to happily campaign against him. Its hard to see where that strategy yielded any electoral fruit .
I honestly believe that had he defended Bush more, he would have won more electoral votes.
Bush did reach across the aisle and unlike McCain, he pulled his opponents toward his position. He pulled Lieberman toward his position on national security. He pulled Zell Miller toward his positions on foreign policy. He pulled Senator Kennedy toward his position on educational accountability.
Despite his heroic military service, McCain defined reaching across the aisle as also stepping across the aisle to compromise core principals. McCain happily compromised freedom of speech with Feingold. He happily compromised free market principals on global warming. Reagan, Bush and others reached across the aisle with strength to pull their opponents toward them— rather than the other way around.
I believe McCain may from an optimistic point of view, be the end of the apologetic Republican that emerged after Watergate. His generation still believes that when conflicts arise it is our patriotic duty to give in to the angry and meet them half way. Such an attitude has incited the Left to be angrier than ever knowing that splitting the difference is the best way to get the most.
I agree with your assessment of Bush’s leadership qualities,his dignity and ability to get his policies enacted. My problem is that all too often his policies were liberal and his commitment to conservative values was weak. His “new tone” was the wrong strategy in a time when we needed a true leader, one who could fully articulate and follow through with a conservative agenda. The Medicare drug plan was the first step toward what we now see. I respect W immensely. May God bless him and comfort him in the coming years. We are in for a battle to save this nation, no doubt.
GW deserves all of this scorn and much much more....but don’t forget to thank his brain, Karl Rove.
I have a few comments. One in particular. When 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, several other severe hurricanes, tornados, fires and other natural disasters, and everyone had their hand out for a handout and Bush was demonized for not caring, what was he supposed to do. Everyone wanted money for everything but now its Bush’s fault for being a big spender. OK
“Speak for yourself if you want to blame conservatives.”
There are a lot of people who agree with me. You can find a scapegoat if it makes you feel better, but it doesn’t change the fact that too many conservatives got lazy and complacent and fought like children over non-conservative issues.
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