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Regarding the GOP’s reluctance to repudiate the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush

Andrew Sullivan SAYS the Republican Party’s “real problem” is its inability to come to grips with the ruinous legacy of the two-term administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney:

When you have a party that hasn’t been able to repudiate the worst administration in modern times, and actually still attempt to hail it as some kind of achievement with respect to Iraq or Afghanistan or the debt, you cannot persuade anyone you have changed, or want to change.

Someone in the GOP needs to take Bush-Cheney apart, to show how they created the debt crisis we are in, by throwing away a surplus on unaffordable tax cuts, launching two unfunded wars, and one new unfunded entitlement. They need to take on the war crimes that has deeply undermined the soul of the United States. They need to note the catastrophic negligence that gave us the worst national security lapse since Pearl Harbor (9/11) despite being warned explicitly in advance, accept weak and false intelligence to launch a war they were too incompetent to fight or win, sat back as one of the worst hurricanes all but took out a major city, and was so negligent in bank regulation that we ended up with Lehman and all that subsequently took place.

These were not minor errors. They were catastrophic misjudgments which took an era of peace, surplus and prosperity and replaced it with a dystopia of massive debt, a lawless executive branch, two unwinnable wars, and a record of war crimes that had their source in the very Oval Office.

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  1. The Comedian

    Pat, thanks for reminding all of us just how poor a president George W was. I think it’s easy to forget how he mismanaged every aspect of the presidency when we’re reminded of it every time our magnanimous President reports on our recovering economy. I just wish more people understood that W irrevocably damaged our economy; not even a man as brilliant as President Obama could fix it in four years overnight. It’s good to have such humble men ignore their own incompetency and continually blame others. That’s what my parents taught me and it has served me well in every aspect of my life. Side note: Don’t forget to remind everyone that if the ACA doesn’t deliver on all of its promises that it failed because of Bush.

  2. Sullivan is an idiot. Same goes for this fool above who calls himself “The Comedian.”

    If anything, recent history has proved Bush 43 correct on a variety of legislation that liberals and the media originally tried to convince the public was bad. Consider the following:

    1. Bush tax cuts – liberals haven’t even tried to repeal 90% of it. In fact, they have readily admitted that raising taxes on the middle class would hurt the economy.

    2. Patriot Act – Its still in place, and hasn’t even come close to being repealed.

    3. Guantanamo Bay – Originally an Obama campaign talking point, now the committee that was suppose to orchestrate the closing of the base has been dissolved and more tax money has went to improving the place.

    4. Afghanistan – Obama has increased troops levels twice in the war here, and we’re still here. Before its done, Obama will have spent more time in Afghanistan that Bush did in Iraq.

    5. Hurricane Katrina – As Chris Christie readily pointed out, the Republican congress was very quick to pass a aid package. $60 billion was approved within 10 days.

    6. Torture – After throwing a temper tantrum for years about this, the liberals have now come out and said that the government killing US citizens with drones as an act of war is okay.

    I’d say that history is looking more favorably upon the Bush administration by the day. Heck, they are even saying Bush 43 is a pretty good artist.

    http://www.vulture.com/2013/02/jerry-saltz-george-w-bush-is-a-good-painter.html

  3. The Comedian

    MM..yes. Very foolish indeed.

  4. Neftali: Then why was Dubya’s name never mentioned at last year’s Republican convention? If his record was so all-fired wonderful, as you suggest, why does the GOP pretend it never happened?

    More to the point, why was he the most unpopular president of the past several generations?

    Oh, and by the way, Neftali, you must be deaf, dumb and blind. What else could explain your foolish comment that “the liberals have now come out and said that the government killing US citizens with drones as an act of war is okay”? In reality, almost all of the criticism of Obama’s drone policy has come from liberals. You must have missed the posts I’ve written on that subject.

  5. Orlando Clay

    An obviously delusional Neftali writes: “…..the liberals have now come out and said that the government killing US citizens with drones as an act of war is okay.”

    Really, Nef? You should venture outside your Fox “We Make Stuff Up” News bubble and visit MSNBC once in a while. You will quickly discover that the network’s most prolific voices, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Lawrence O’Donnell have all strongly criticized the Obama administration over the drone strikes. Heck, it was even NBC News (which Bill O’Reilly constantly demonizes as being a “bunch of left-wing loons”) that broke the story wide open.

    “They just will not live in an evidence-based world!” — Future President Hillary Rodham Clinton

    That’s some exclusive club you belong to, Nef.

  6. If Obama did what junior did he would be tried for war crimes and frog marched to The Hague.

  7. Its okay for you guys to go ahead and admit it. So let’s say it together.

    Bush was right.

  8. The Comedian

    Yes, Nef. Please venture to the news site that has never once edited a tape to tell the story they wanted to tell. And please pay more attention to the rational voices of reason like Ed Shultz and the rest of the gang who are so upset with the President’s drone policy that they still think Bush and Cheney were devilish fiends for allowing water boarding to take place.

  9. kevind1986

    The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has 22 Nobel winners plus Ben Bernanke as members. They just published a study that – in general – assigns blame for the economic crash to the Dems. It is a GIVEN that the left will try to paint the NBER as right wing, but the government uses and repeats data from NBER. Of course, most left wing cranks will either lie about – or completely pass on – this report.

  10. Ed Schultz is rational? ROFL!!! If he’s rational, then so his Limbaugh.

  11. shawnnews

    http://www.americanbanker.com/bankthink/stop-spreading-myths-about-cra-al-1055901-1.html?BCnopagination=1
    It’s easy to find a quick refutation on the internet. For every organization that claims something ” The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)… – assigns blame for the economic crash to the Dems” another claims the opposite.
    To claim a 1977 policy is the cause for the 2006 crash means that there is a 29 year time frame completely unaccounted for in which the CRA wasn’t debated.

  12. shawnnews

    Nef — I think The Comedian is on your team and being sarcastic.
    “It’s good to have such humble men ignore their own incompetency and continually blame others. That’s what my parents taught me and it has served me well in every aspect of my life,” lends itself to sarcasm.

  13. Fox is at it again, now they are attacking babies. I am with you Orlando Clay venture outside and freeze!
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9860585/Neighbours-tell-of-hysterical-screams-after-fox-bites-off-babys-finger.html

  14. Glen Thamert

    I need to find the USA Today article in which Al Neuharth said he believed that George W. Bush would go down as the worst USA president. Does anyone know how this can be done? Thank you for sending me an email (glenthamert@yahoo.com) if you care to help.

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