Bush's Legacy

Sometimes I feel bad for our president. There was a time when it seemed like Republicans could do whatever they wanted and get away with it and get the public to side with them. But now it seems like just the opposite: the Democrats are leading the Republicans with 32% of Americans associating themselves with the Republican party and 38% the Democratic party. In fact, 30% of Americans now refuse to identify with either party, a 7% increase from the 2004 election. Bush’s approval ratings are hovering in the low 30’s right now. On top of this, the Senate is Democrat-controlled, the war in Iraq is proving to be a miserable failure (to use a term popular in the blogosphere) and tremendous embarrassment for this country (two thirds of Americans disapprove of Bush’s handling of the situation), Bush’s former Chief of Staff is all over the news… for having been convicted of obstruction of justice, and to top it off, Bush’s Attorney General is being ripped apart in the papers. Bush’s administration completely messed up Katrina, got nowhere with Social Security privatization and Bush made a fool of himself when he rushed back to Washington to sign a bill to attempt to save the life of one human being (Terry Schiavo) — of course he was unsuccessful. Bush’s Federal Marriage Amendment failed but that bill was doomed from the start considering Bush’s right-hand man, Dick Cheney, didn’t even support him. Speaking of Cheney, did I mention that he shot a man in the face with a shotgun?

So why the pity? Well I’ve realized that Democrats have it well these days because the Republican Party has dug its own grave. Back in the day, Republicans could lie to the public, wiretap domestically and cut funding for everything and act like heroes. But I’ve realized that the party has screwed itself over by acting so arrogantly during the times it held such a strong majority. Remember when Bill Frist suggested getting rid of the filibuster of judicial nominees? Those were the days…

1 comment:

Demosthenes said...

Sorry for the teaser, but here goes: In my opinion, Bush will be looked back upon as the worst president in American history. On Monday, I will justify this claim by placing him in historical context with his forty-one predecessors (McKinley went twice).