So after eight years of presiding over one of the dirtiest, nastiest, most divisive partisan political machines in U.S. history, President George W. Bush has decided it's now time for Republicans to make nice-nice and not offend anyone, especially those pesky immigrants conservatives love to hate. Bush apparently believes he can repair his disastrous legacy by blathering on in a last-ditch PR campaign consisting of a series of meaningless interviews to softball-throwing stooges on Fox and other friendly outlets. Spare us the parting wisdom, George. No one gives a shit about what you have to say. Just leave already.
"Look, obviously we got whipped in 2008, and there will be a new wave of leadership arriving on the scene," said Bush in an interview with Fox News' Brit Hume which aired over the weekend. "But it’s very important for our party not to narrow its focus, not to become so inward-looking that we drive people away from a philosophy that is compassionate and decent." Oh, there's that word compassionate again. Didn't we hear it ad nauseum during the 2000 PR campaign? Unfortunately, the only compassion the Busheviks seemed to have was for those who lied, manipulated, abused, tortured, and trampled on the Constitution. All in the interest of preserving power.
How dare Bush suggest what the GOP should be doing now to help heal American politics. From day-one, he was the chief architect, surrounding himself with other corrupt, self-serving egomaniacal war-mongering oligarchs who drove a partisan wedge so deep into America's political system that it will take much of Obama's time in office to undue the damage. The names Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz, Ashcroft, Gonzalez, Fleisher, McLellan, Abramoff, Libby and countless others will go down in history as the most inept team since the '62 Mets. That Bush, who tapped Lee Atwater protege Karl Rove to lead the administration's junkyard-dog political operation, now offers the "inclusive" olive-branch is infuriating.
In his chat with Hume Bush took time to pat himself and his Dr. Evil henchman, VP Dick Cheney, on the back for its success both in Iraq and with fighting terrorism. "I would hope that the team that is, has the honor of, serving the country will take a hard look at the realities of the world and the tools now in place to protect the United States from further attack. They will find that with a considerable amount of care and concern for civil liberties, for example, that I have put in place procedures that will enable the professionals to better learn the intentions of Al Qaeda, for example."
Exactly what type of crack is this dude smoking? You wanna talk "realities of the world?" True, it's been 7 years since the 9-11 attacks on U.S. soil and there's been no incidents since. But let's not forget it was eight years between the first World Trade Center attack in 1993 and the second, catastrophic one. Al Qadea has certainly proven that it's slow and methodical in its planning. That said, there's been a significant increase in major acts of terrorism all over the world, and Bush's vanity war in Iraq has been a PR nightmare, creating much anger and hatred towards the United States as well as serving as a recruitment tool for al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Throw in some good old fashioned Bushevik torture and illegal wiretappings and I suppose you have the "care and concern for civil liberties" that Bush bragged about to Hume (have I mentioned yet that I can't stand this president and obsessively count the minutes until January 20th?).
The Bush Self-Aggrandizing Tour continued with his defense of his resoluteness and certitude over the war: "During the darkest days of Iraq people came to me and said, you’re creating incredible political difficulties for us. And I said, oh, really, what do you suggest I do? Some suggested, retreat, pull out of Iraq. I didn’t compromise that principle for the sake of trying to bail out my political party, for example." Yes, of course, Bush & Company would never have put politics and party before country. Texan please....