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Republicans Waffle on Bush

As much as Republicans would like to hide from the fact now, and distance themselves from Bush and his failures (not to mention his dismal approval ratings) -- it's true. Bush is exactly what the Republicans wanted him to be, and his failure is their failure.

Bush Derangement Syndrome, the term used by right wing nuts to describe the persistent complaints of Democrats over the last several years, has now spread to the Republican party.

Glenn Greenwald writes:

The great fraud being perpetrated in our political discourse is the concerted attempt by movement conservatives, now that the Bush presidency lay irreversibly in ruins, to repudiate George Bush by claiming that he is not, and never has been, a "real conservative." This con game is being perpetrated by the very same conservatives who -- when his presidency looked to be an epic success -- glorified George W. Bush, ensured both of his election victories, depicted him as the heroic Second Coming of Ronald Reagan, and celebrated him as the embodiment of True Conservatism.

This fraud is as transparent as it is dishonest, yet there are signs that the media is nonetheless beginning to adopt this theme that there is some sort of epic and long-standing "Bush-conservative schism." But very little effort is required to see what a fraud that storyline is.

One of the few propositions on which Bush supporters and critics agree is that George Bush does not change and has not changed at all over the last six years. He is exactly the same.

And none of the supposed grounds for conservative discontent -- especially Bush's immigration position -- is even remotely new. Bush's immigration views have been well-known since before he was first elected in 2000, yet conservatives have devoted to him virtually cult-like loyalty and support. Just logically speaking, Bush's immigration views cannot be the cause of the flamboyant conservative "rebellion" against Bush since those views long co-existed with intense conservative devotion to Bush.

There is really only one thing that has changed about George W. Bush from the 2002-2004 era when conservatives hailed him as the Great Conservative Leader, and now. Whereas Bush was a wildly popular leader then, which made conservatives eager to claim him as their Standard-Bearer, he is now one of the most despised presidents in U.S. history, and conservatives are thus desperate to disassociate themselves from the President for whom they are solely responsible. It is painfully obvious there is nothing noble, substantive or principled driving this right-wing outburst; it is a pure act of self-preservation.

Greenwald goes into much more detail, with specific examples, in his column. Well worth the read.


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Steve Crickmore:

Glenn is correct..Winning is everything to today's conservative, so much so, they are willing to jettison the few principles they have to achieve it, and when the result turns hollow like Bush's presidency they blame him, rather than the fact that their philosphy of the elevating greed and aggression to a virtue, attracts overwhelmingly the people the caliber of Bush.


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