When I’m accused of being a racist May 31, 2007Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, History.
I suppose I can feel ok withdrawing my support for you.
geoff articulates it well here, and I’d say that’s pretty much where I am over George W. Bush. I wasn’t in love with the guy, and over the years have been at odds with his positions on restraining the growth of government, Harriet Myers, war miscalculations, and lately this complete “eff you” on immigration reform. I’ve defended him from unfair attacks, and been accused of being just another Bush-bot.
Regarding those I defended him against, I learned a long time ago it really doesn’t matter that you were critical of anything at all. Most leftys don’t care about the things I criticized, because they weren’t the “right” things, i.e. the things they believed I should have hit him over. Whatever. I’m not trying to persuade them. This isn’t about them.
One criticism I resisted, and won’t anymore, is Bush’s tone deafness when it comes to certain issues. He’s been called stubborn and I’m starting to think “yeah, it’s one thing to turn off your opposition’s ire, it’s another thing entirely to turn off the ire of your supporters”. We saw some of it with the Harriet Miers thing, accusations of misogyny. Still I’m somewhat surprised.
I’ve been disappointed that he didn’t use the bully pulpit to persuade people to the rightness of his cause more often than he ever did. In some ways it reminded me of Jimmy “Rose Garden” Carter. Step off the lawn, close the doors behind you, who needs to campaign when you’re the President?
I’m slowly coming to believe either Bush can’t use it effectively or doesn’t believe he should have to. Either position could not be more wrong.
Well no more. If that’s your take, fine. I’m out. Good luck with whatever else you have to do for the next year and a half. You just kissed off most of those who would have supported you.
You know, it really doesn’t feel all that bad. Not at all.