Welcome Instapundit Readers!! While you’re here, check out some of our most recent posts, noting that no “O” Keys where missing from White House keyboards when the new Administration took over and wondering if pundits have been projecting their own views onto the “blank screen” of Obama’s inaugural address.
Leah’s coment to my post, Bush-Hatred and the Bush Legacy that “Obama worship is the flip side of Bush hatred,” reminded me how much Obamania ressembles the 1970s teen craze for singer Bobby Sherman. Like those teenagers (many of whom all but certainly became partisans of the Democratic candidate), Obama’s fans love their man without really knowing what he’s going to do in office.
At a party shortly after the election, a woman who has worked on the Democrat’s campaign told me she supported him because we needed someone to undo the “damage” of the Bush years, yet she couldn’t identify any policies her guy backed, except that he promised to change the way things are done in the nation’s capital.Â Only she couldn’t say how he planned to effect that change. She’s not alone.
But, just as their support for Obama is based more on their own emotions than their candidate’s political philosophy and positions on the issues so too was their Bush-hatred emotionally-based. At a holiday party in December, a Democratic acquaintance raged against Bush and the “right-wing” for creating the mess we’re in.
What policies, I asked, had he enacted which created this mess? He couldn’t answer, but just said “they’d” been in power. I pressed my point. He replied that he didn’t want to have this conversation with a Republican and stalked away.
Others, when pressed, have cited the deregulation of the Bush years. So, when I ask them to identify particular laws the Republican Congress enacted and the Republican President signed to deregulate the financial markets, I was met with a similar silence.Â Indeed, the claims of Obama and his supporters “notwithstanding, the Bush Administration was hardly about deregulation.” Bush, according to George Mason University’s Veronique de Rugy “was the biggest regulator since Nixon.”
Which brings me back to Leah’s point that Obama worship is the flip side of Bush hatred. They love the one without knowing what he stands for and loath the other while mispresenting his record.