Thursday, August 09, 2007

Cry me a river

From The New York Times:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 — There are times in the life of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States and father of the 43rd, that people, perfect strangers, come up to him and say the harshest things — words intended to comfort but words that wind up only causing pain.

“I love you, sir, but your son’s way off base here,” they might say, according to Ron Kaufman, a longtime adviser to Mr. Bush, who has witnessed any number of such encounters — perhaps at a political fund-raiser, or a restaurant dinner, a chance meeting on the streets of Houston or Kennebunkport, Me. They are, he says, just one way the presidency of the son has taken a toll on the father.

“It wears on his heart,” Mr. Kaufman said, “and his soul.”

I have no sympathy for George H.W. Bush. I have a great deal of sympathy for George W Bush. Even though I have never hesitated to criticise him when I thought he was wrong, as he is about immigration, I also have never hesitated to defend him when I think he is in the right, as he is about Iraq.

I have also never hesitated to counterattack against the president's opponents when I thought their motives were unworthy. For example, the Democrat congressional leadership which commits treason by actively giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the US, who our soldiers are fighting on the battlefield even as I type this, in order to engineer an American defeat for no other purpose than to improve their electoral chances in 2008.

There used to be an unwritten rule that former presidents did not attempt to insert themselves into the current political mix and attempt to undermine their successors. Jimmy Carter was the first to violate this gentleman's agreement when he established his "Carter Center" and began to use it as an alternate State Department formulating a foreign policy which he attempted to impose by freelance negotiations with foreign governments against the wishes of the sitting president and the overall interests of the nation.

Clinton has never done anything quite that craven (probably because it would take too much time away from earning millions of dollars by giving speeches and chasing women) but he has never passed up an opportunity to stick his mug in front of a camera and bad-mouth current US policy.

Through all of this George H.W. Bush has walked around in this brain-dead patrician fog resolutely determined to follow the old ways and not seek the spotlight. He has even compounded the error of his silence by partnering himself with Bill Clinton on a number of occasions for various charitable causes and went so far once as to state that Clinton was becoming like a second son to him.

So I have no soft spot in my heart for the addle headed old RINO. If he doesn't like the situation now he needs to realize that he helped create it.