One could read Charlie Spiering’s latest piece for the Washington Examiner as evidence of a certain nostalgia for the New England-born Texan. He just made things a lot easier for the netroots. They had, in W, an all-purpose bogeyman against him they could project their inner demons and direct their fury. Lefties of all stripes had a common enemy whom they could attack in unison.
In short, he brought them all together.*
But, as Spiering reports, with Bush back in Texas and keeping a low profile, his absence is, well, tearing them apart:
In the ‘old days’ of the Bush administration, life in a online liberal discussion forum was great. Everybody was having a great time bashing the president and marveling at each other’s brilliance. But in the age of Obama, these once fertile fields of partisan rancor have been tainted by ideological dissent.
Read the whole thing.
*And in some sense, Obama, at least the promise of Obama, also brought them all together, during the 2008 campaign and in the early, heady days of his Administration.