speaking of bizarre...
When grabbing the link in the previous post, I couldn't help but notice this right up top:
President Bush has earned a reputation as a compassionate conservative who shapes policy based on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, strong families and local control.
I need to turn my attention to other projects this morning, but I'm sure I could cite numerous examples to debunk nearly all of these ridiculous contentions. (Indeed, I'm sure a quick spin through the archives would suffice.) Offhand:
- "Earned a reputation:" Having Karl Rove and Karen Hughes relentlessly spin it for you is hardly "earning a reputation." I'd say Bush has earned a reputation as a safety-net entrepreneur with a record of failure.
- "Compassionate conservative:" Half right
- "Limited government:" The Department of Homeland Security (which he originally opposed, rendering his adoption of the issue a shining example of abandoning principle for politics)
- "Personal responsibility:" Nothing that happened at Harken Energy was his fault! Better yet: But isn't responsible for the massive intelligence failure that was 9/11 (and Bush' reuluctance to have that investigated is increasingly obvious) because, although there was an alert about skyjacking, they didn't know the planes would be used as missiles! (News flash: If the plane is never hijacked, it can't be used as a missile. And no, that doesn't mean 9/11 happened because Bush allowed it; it happend because Bush was incompetent.)
- "Local control:" Offhand, federalizing airport security workers; I'm sure there's more.
I honestly, honestly don't see what people see about the guy; I never have. But it's clear that the things Bush does are spun as laudable not because they're admirable, but because Bush did them, so they have to be.