Just over two weeks ago, I observed that for the Left & MSM, McCain is the new Bush. So eager are many on the left (and their allies in the MSM) eager to elect a Democrat to the White House that they’ll savage whatever Republican wins his party’s nod in the presidential contest. Even if he has departed from conservative “orthodoxy” on any number of occasions. Even if the MSM has heralded his “maverick” stance over the years.
Now that he is the Republican nominee for President of the United States, Senator McCain is learning that the kid-glove treatment he had come to expect from the MSM is no longer forthcoming. Not only that. Whenever I check left-of-center blogs, I see advertised a slew of books attacking that courageous veteran.
Yesterday, when I chanced up the term “JohnMcBush” (A google search yields 37,700 hits), I wondered if these attacks on the Arizona Senator involved more than just a desire to defeat the Republican nominee and elect a Democrat to the White House. I wonder if it some on the left really want to run against George W. Bush again so they can finally defeat him. After all, one site (advertising John McBush paraphernalia claims, “Bush. McCain. The result will be the same.” They’re engaged in the “fight to get the Bush Crowd out of the White House.”
Um, guys, that crowd will be leaving the White House in less than a year. I don’t expect President McCain to keep many of his predecessor’s advisors when he takes office.
Maybe they’re still obsessed with W that they need to keep running against him. George W. Bush will not be on the ballot this fall. While Senator McCain has long supported the president’s broad goals in the Middle East, he had (until the surge) criticized the president’s tactics there, favoring a different military strategy. And he has opposed the president on any number of initiatives and issues, most notably federal spending.
On January 20, 2009, in fewer than ten months, George W. Bush will be leaving the White House. They, to paraphrase another much maligned Republican, won’t have him to kick around any more.
Or will they? So obsessed are some people with George W. Bush that they may continue to compare other Republicans to this object of their animosity for years and years to come. Why is it wonder that they so hate this man? Why do they so need to run against him this year? What is it about the president that so arouses their antipathy?
Or is it something in themselves they need to express and they find it easy to project their own feelings of insecurity, alienation or some other anxiety onto the current President of the United States?