In noting additional failures of the Bush Presidency not identified in my Broad Outline of Where W Went Wrong, commenter (and blogger in his own right) V the K points out that president naively expected “the Democrats to put aside partisanship for the good of the country.”
Building on my own first point (how the president took didn’t do “enough to defend his character and promote his programs”), I would offer a similar thought to V the K.Â The president naively assumed the MSM would put their liberal leanings aside to do their jobs and report the news.
In the wake of his 2004 reelection victory, the president probably thought the media would be less hard on him because he couldn’t run for election again in 2008. In the run-up to 2004, they had been hard on him because they were doing their utmost to prevent his reelection.
Having failed that, he must have just assumed they would give him a fair shake in his second term.
But, alas, it seems those in the media don’t just want to defeat Republicans, they want to discredit us as well.