But there was one silver lining to those disastrous 8 years that paved the way for Barry Soetoro*. When the GOP held all three branches of the federal government and did nothing but expand the scope and cost of said federal government they proved once and for all that the GOP is just the right wing of the same Globalist/Marxist bird of prey that the Democrats are the left wing of.
*Bush was still the President, the lead law enforcement official in the country, when that illegal alien Commie thug and petty criminal from Chicago fraudulently ran for office and again Bush deliberately did nothing. Can you imagine what the FBI,CIA,NSA,IRS could have dug up on that on-the-down-low witless, talentless nobody. He would be in a jail cell were he belongs, not in the Oval Office destroying the Republic.
Because the GOP was A: in control of the establishment at the time and B: The Senate did not have functional control. The DeMint wing of the Party did not have control sadly. Having said that, it was not nearly as bad as 2009-2011 when the Dems had all three branches. Generalization can make one seem smart....but only "seem."