The Anchoress says what I feel in many ways. But I am not quite ready to pack it in yet:
And now, immigration…one man is to blame, one man is at fault, one man must find the Solomonic solution. And if he doesn’t, he’s a bum no matter what else he’s done. Meanwhile, the press can’t get over the president who smiled and cried his way through two terms, and they still work on his legacy. Can you ever recall a time in history where 6 years after an administration ends, the ex-president is still breathlessly being polled-on, still being given (on most days) as much press as the current president? I can’t.
When Clinton was being waylaid, his party closed ranks. Now Bush - a good man despite his flaws, (and what president is not flawed) is being attacked on all sides, and his party just jumps in with both feet and kicks away. It just doesn’t seem right to me. And I know, I KNOW…he’s been a job to defend for all these years against unprecedented attacks - I’m tired, too. But I cannot go along with the “get Bush” mentality from the right. The question I keep asking myself is…right now, at this moment in time, who is BETTER than him? Giuliani? The religious right will never go for him. Allen? Mush-mouthed bore, the religious right will love him, and the rest will turn the page, and neither of them will be elected in this atmosphere - and if they could be, it won’t be for two more years. Bush is what we’ve got, the best we’ve got…but you know, maybe he’s too punch drunk, after 6 years of abuse, and a feckless party that squanders its majority again and again…one year ago, on May 10, he was dancing with free Georgians…but none of that counts, anymore, right? We forget the good stuff pretty easily, it seems to me.
Read it all, because she has much more to say.
I have to say that I have lost a lot of respect for certain conservatives here of late. Their insistence on impeaching Clinton years ago lead to an even greater partisan atmosphere which has plagued Bush for years...and now they are threatening to bail. This seems to be a pattern with them. Why should the rest of us ever trust them again? Just asking...
But what do I know? A commenter at a right leaning blog once called me a member of the Miers/Bush bootlick brigade. Needless to say people like me should be seen at the voting booth..but not heard.
UPDATE: Bruce Kessler at Democracy Project has a very good post in this vein. His response to the complaints of Professor Steve Bainbridge is very good.