the more amusing cluckings from the right lately
is their appalled discovery that quite a few Americans
actually think George W. Bush is a terrible president.
Novak is quoted as saying that, in all his 44
years of covering politics, he has never seen
anything like the detestation of Bush. Charles
Krauthammer managed to write an entire essay on
the topic of "Bush-haters" in Time magazine,
as though he had never before come across such
I stretch memory way back, so far back, all the
way back to -- our last president.
lost in the mists of time though that is, I not
only remember eight years of relentless attacks
from Bill Clinton-haters, but I also notice they
haven't let up yet. Clinton-haters accused the
man of murder, rape, drug-running, sexual harassment,
financial chicanery and official misconduct, and
his wife of even worse.
eight long years, this country was a zoo of Clinton-haters.
Sliming Clinton was a sure road to fame and fortune
on the right, and many an ambitious young right-wing
hit man -- like David Brock, who has since made
full confession -- took that golden opportunity.
puzzle is where this depth of feeling comes from,"
mused the ineffable Krauthammer. "Whence the anger?
It begins of course with the 'stolen' election
of 2000 and the perception of Bush's illegitimacy."
say so myself, yes, it would. I was in Florida
during that chilling post-election fight and am
fully persuaded to this good day that Al Gore
actually won Florida, not to mention getting 550,000
more votes than Bush overall.
night that Gore conceded the race in one of the
most graceful and honorable speeches I have ever
heard, I was in a ballroom full of Republican
Party flacks who booed and jeered through every
word of it.
thing I acknowledge about the right is that they're
much better haters than liberals are. Your basic
liberal is pretty much a strikeout on the hatred
front. Maybe further out on the left you can hit
some good righteous anger, but liberals, and I
am one, are generally real wusses.
tell the truth, I'm kind of proud of us for holding
the grudge this long.
we'd remind ourselves that we have to be good
sports, it's for the good of the country, we must
unite behind the only president we've got, as
Lyndon used to remind us.
George Dubya becomes president, having run as
a "compassionate conservative," and what do we
get? Hell's own conservative and zilch for compassion.
His entire first eight months was tax cuts for
the rich, tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for
came 9/11, and we all rallied. Country under attack,
most horrible thing, what can we do? Ready to
give blood, get out of our cars and ride bicycles,
said the president. That and more tax cuts for
now we're starting to notice Bush's bait-and-switch
a deal with Ted Kennedy to improve education,
and then fail to put any money into it. Promise
$15 billion in new money to combat AIDS in Africa
(wow), but it turns out to be a cheap con -- no
new money. Praise a job-training effort, then
cut the money. Bush says AmeriCorps is great,
then cuts the money.
what could we possibly have against this guy?
suddenly, in the greatest bait and switch of all
time, Osama bin doesn't matter at all, and we
have to go after Saddam Hussein, who had nothing
to do with 9/11. But he does have horrible weapons
of mass destruction.
we take out Saddam, and there are no weapons of
mass destruction. Furthermore, the Iraqis are
not overjoyed to see us.
now quite a few people who aren't even liberal
are starting to say, "Wha' the hey?"
got no Osama; we got no Saddam; we got no weapons
of mass destruction; the road map to peace in
the Middle East is blown to bits. We're stuck
in Iraq for $87 billion just for one year, and
no one knows how long we'll be there.
still poor Krauthammer is hard-put to conceive
how anyone could conclude that George W. Bush
is a poor excuse for a president.
is not necessary to hate George W. Bush to think
he's a bad president.
can do that, you know -- decide that someone's
policies are a miserable failure without lying
awake at night, consumed with hatred.
Bush is in way over his head, and the country
is in bad shape because of his stupid economic
policies. If that make me a Bush-hater, then sign
September 30, 2003