You’d think that with George W. Bush’s departure from the political stage, those on the left who spent the better part of the past eight years seething with contempt for the man while he was chief executive of these United States would be delighted to see the end of his political career.
Yet, they’re obsessed with the man in a manner reminiscent of a man spurned by a lover who rejected him. Years after the break-up, he continues to rant on and on (and on and on) about his ex’s faults.
I mean, if the guy were so bad, shouldn’t he be grateful the relationship is over?
Not only did the immediate past president provided exemplary cooperation with his successor in the transition (the then-President-elect said he “provided invaluable assistance” to his team), but he has refrained from criticizing his successor. He has done more than make himself scarce, he’s become silent on matters of state. Classy that, both the smoothness of the transition and the silence of his early retirement.
He’s gone now, yet all too many of his critics can’t won’t let go of their resentment. In a line in a recent comment, one of our readers revealed the depth of that resentment. He has decided that since I have called the former president “decent,” I can’t possibly have criticized him. (That should cheer my Dad ’cause that makes him a perfect father; none of his children ever faulted him. While my siblings and I all consider my Dad is a great man, remarkably decent and good-hearted, we have criticized him at various times in our lives, especially during our adolescence.)
In response to my post on how W was classier and less divisive than his successor, this reader wrote, “If you really were critical, and we both know that you weren’t, you’d be able to recognize that Bush is neither good nor decent.” It’s not enough to criticize the guy, you have to believe he was a bad man.
Well, by Levi’s standard, then, Obama has never criticized Bush. Just before the inauguration, the then-president-elect said that he thought Bush was a “good man.”
What is it about such people that they can’t find a single thing to praise about W? Even his Democratic successor has praised him (even as recently as last night). Why can’t they let go of their resentment? Why do they insist that your criticism is legitimate only if you hate the guy?
No wonder they can’t stand Ann Althouse. She isn’t sufficiently anti-Bush for their taste.