I have long been fascinated with the phenomenon of Bush-hatred.Â The more I witness it, the more convinced I become that i’s not about Bush, but about the haters themselves.Â They have some “need” to vent their spleen, with Bush as their target because they disagree with him politically.
You’d think with the certainty of W leaving the White House come January 20, these people would breathe a sign of relief and look forward to the future with a smile on the face and a lighter heart.Â Their bitterness wold start to fade, their rhetoric to soften.
But, alas, that is not to be the case, look how quickly so many have turned their bile from George W. Bush to John McCain.
These people just have to hate.Â Take a gander at the hate mail Matt Welch received for daring to challenge reports disputing McCain’s POW heroism.Â Or the hate mail the CEO of a polling company received for releasing a poll showing the Arizona ahead in Ohio and Florida.Â Or the treatment of Sarah Palin.
Glenn Reynolds remarks today, in commenting on ordering a satirical book promoting a 12-stop recovery plan from the last eight years, “My sense is that a lot of people will need help getting over Bush Derangement Syndrome, and that as Bush fades from view some have managed to replace it with Palin Derangement Syndrome.”
I’d always thought that with Bush gone, the Bush-haters would feel a certain emptiness, a difficulty coping when they couldn’t blame their woes, or the country’s, on their bÃªte noire in the White House.Â They might be forced to look within to address the real source of their anxiety and unhappiness.
Instead, it seems they’ll find another target onto which they can project their own inner demons.Â Even if Obama wins.