September 09, 2004

On Bush Hatred

A guest Editorial on the OpinionJournal site today forces up a mea culpa from your humble blog host. A New York writer, Alan Bromly, admits:

One very engaging TV show host, describing himself as a Democrat, asked me, "Where does the hatred of President Bush come from? I don't understand it."

"You know," I replied, "I have to confess to recognizing that hatred. I had it for President Clinton. I knew from the moment that he said he 'didn't inhale' that he was a gratuitous, if not compulsive, liar, and from there I questioned his every move. The attempt to take over the health care industry, the IRS audits of so many critics of his that the odds of spotting a platypus in the Central Park reservoir were greater than not being audited if you were an anti-Clinton group; the treatment of Billy Dale in the travel office. I felt he was brutal in his dealings with people, all while espousing equality, so I came to loathe him."

Now, when I witness the hatred spewing from this season's protesters, I realize how difficult it was for my friends to accept my own loathing, no matter how justified I felt.

Yup. Me too. Watching President Clinton at the Democratic Convention this year, I was stuck by his political perspicacity -- the guy is the politician of our lifetime.

While I feel those gifts were perhaps wasted, I must admit that subsequent crops of Democrat candidates have not held to his statesmanship. What I wouldn't give for a free trading D candidate today.

Speedy recovery, Mr. President. Get better so you can start driving me crazy again.

Posted by jk at September 9, 2004 08:33 AM

I agree from the other side. I never understood the hatred of Clinton until Bush was in office. There is nothing really there to put my finger on, just a set of feelings. Some of it comes from priviledged son, frat boy, and born again Christian, three things that don't sit well with me. Some of it is his supreme confidence in his own decisions, to me a man who never has second thoughts is a man who just doesn't think much.

Posted by: Silence Dogood at September 14, 2004 12:37 PM

I read every one of the "hate Clinton" books -- I am a true anti-42 scholar. Like knowing 6502 assembler code, it's not valuable, but there you go.

The meanest was Christopher Hitchens's "No One Left To Lie To." Laura Ingraham, Peggy Nonnan, Barbara Olsen, Ann Coulter couldn't express half the antipathy and enmity of old Hitch, who felt that President Clinton sold out the left.

Even Hitch is blonde -- did anybody with dark hair write a book? Mr. scholar can't remember...

Posted by: jk at September 14, 2004 01:15 PM

Gotta be someone, Clinton certainly wasn't picky about hair color....

Posted by: Silence Dogood at September 15, 2004 03:40 PM

That's it: Bush is stupid. Bush is an idiot. Bush is a simpleton. Bush is a liar. Thank you Terry McAuliffe.

Confidence in one's decisions is often (and I believe this is true in W's case) a healthy result of a philosophy of life that is consistent with reality. Much is made of his "born again Christianity," which obviously isn't in complete agreement with reality, but the tenets of Christianity do at least make great strides toward guiding its disciples toward reality. This is more than can be said for the new left that Zell Miller credits for the highjacking of his party. They exhibit open ignorance of reality.

To be fair, Clinton wasn't really the chief example of the anti-reality left, but he did cater to them whenever he thought he could get away with it.

Posted by: johngalt at September 16, 2004 10:48 AM
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