Yes, Bush-hatred is mostly psychological, quite possibly pathological, but only partially political.Â Last night, the first full day of the Obama Administration, when George W. Bush was in Texas far from reins of power in Washington, D.C., Keith Olbermann devoted a significant portion of his show to bashing the former president.Â You’d think the guy would have something else to do now that his nemesis has left town.
But no, it seems people like him have some kind of need to attack Republicans, particularly Bush.
One of the best things about Obama’s victory is that we can confirm just how obsessed these people really are, proving points we first made during their early rantings against Bush.
While I pedaled away on the elliptical trainer (is that the verb I wanted?), I watched Olbermann pitch a fit at how Senator John Cornyn (more on that in my next post) had placed a hold on the nomination of former First Lady Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State (more on that in my next post).Â He called the Texas Republican obstructionist.Â In similar terms, he faulted Republicans on the Judiciary Committee for putting a one-week hold on the nomination of Eric Holder for Attorney General.
The editors at the Washington Post seem to share the sentiments of this angry announcer.Â Eight years ago,Â when then-President Bush tapped John Ashcroft for Attorney General, Democrats on the Judiciary Commitee also placed a hold on his nomination.Â The Post then called the nomination “highly contentious,” headlining the article, “Vote On Ashcroft Is Delayed A Week; Democrats Cite Need for More Review.”Â Today, the headline reads “Republicans Obstruct Holder’s Path to Justice Dept.”
Here’s my challenge to Keith Olbermann and his supporters.Â At any time, in the last eight years, did he (or the editors at the Post for that matter) call Democrats obstructionist for thwarting Administration policies and placing holds on President Bush’s appointees?Â Which they did on more than one occasion.
Remember, when Republicans play the same hardball politics the Democrats play, it’s called, “obstruction,” but when Democrats do the same thing, the actions are, by definition, noble, just and right.