In a lifetime that has seen the Democrats lose control of the House, the nation elect inept Republicans over qualified, principled Democrats time and time again, and a Democratic president who gutted what it means to be a Democrat, I haven’t often felt a great deal of optimisim about the political process. But I’m starting to wonder–might this be a moment when the nation sees a change, that the GOP is revealed for what it has become?
Bush and his cronies are certainly not in a position to lead.
* When George Will and Ann Coulter are attacking a Republican SC nominee;
* the chief of staff for both the VP and President could be facing indictment;
* when Bush’s cronyism led to the largest failure of the federal response to a natural disaster, destroying a great American city;
* And when the nation is bogged down in an intractable war that has no end in sight and no discernible purpose, the American public and media cannot help but wake from their collective slumber to demand something better.
If he weren’t so obtuse, and so responsible, one might be tempted to take pity on Bush. Given that the media and American public have given him a free pass his entire political life, it makes sense that Bush has no idea what to do. He is a tragic anti-hero, a pathetic figure who can’t see his own mistakes, his own failures, because he has never had to confront them, never had to dig deep for personal reserves of conviction or strength. Of course, the tragedy is that the impact of his callowness will be felt by those least able to deal with the consequences.
I remember joking with friends that the best thing that could happen to the Democratic Party would be Bush winning his first Presidential election in 2004, because the public would get what it asked for, and start to demand the alternative. I just never imagined it would take less than a year. Here’s hoping.