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6th-May-2006 10:44 pm
Right Wing Talk show hosts admits being wrong about Bush
C&L reader Kevin caught this last night on KABC AM-Los Angeles. Talk Show host Doug McKintyre, has turned on Bush. Will this start to become a trend?

""So, I’m saying today, I was wrong to have voted for George W. Bush. In historic terms, I believe George W. Bush is the worst two-term President in the history of the country. Worse than Grant. I also believe a case can be made that he’s the worst President, period. After five years of carefully watching George W. Bush I’ve reached the conclusion he’s either grossly incompetent, or a hand puppet for a gaggle of detached theorists with their own private view of how the world works.

Or both. I thought the connection to 9-11 was sketchy at best. But Colin Powell impressed me at the UN, and Tony Blair was in, and after all, he was a Clinton guy, not a Bush guy, so I thought the case had to be strong. I was worried though, because I had read the Wolfowitz paper, “The Project for the New American Century.” It’s been around since ‘92, and it raised alarm bells because it was based on a theory, “Democratizing the Middle East” and I prefer pragmatism over theory. I was worried because Iraq was being justified on a radical new basis, “pre-emptive war.” Any time we do something without historical precedent I get nervous..."
Listen here. (or click here.)

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The noose is tightening...
7th-May-2006 03:44 am (UTC)
Oh great. All the people who should be kicked out themselves are going to start turning on Bush to save their own miserable careers, and we'll probably just let them. There's a lot more wrong in Washington than just Bush.
7th-May-2006 04:06 am (UTC)
'Rats jumping a sinking ship' would be a good analogy.
7th-May-2006 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm not impressed. As I say every time another asshole Bush apologist starts hemming and hawing in the past few months, "Where the hell was your logic six years ago? Or even in November 2004?" I mean, I knew he was bad; I could even tell WHY he was bad. And I'm just not that smart or special!
7th-May-2006 04:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for making me smile just a bit more today. A great read. :)

Unfortunately, like others, I believe they'll start turning on Bush to save themselves with an approaching mid-term election. My nose senses the distinct scent of a voting masacre this Fall and the change of Congressional control. ..I hope and pray every day.
7th-May-2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Someone in this post described it as 'rats desserting a sinking ship' - good analogy.

What is a shame is that US presidents may only have two terms - it would have been wonderful to see the American people vote Bush out of office - I guess we'll just have to accept the Republicans being voted out, which will be a day of celebration around the world.
7th-May-2006 09:55 am (UTC)
Pretty lame, considering how all the evidence of Bush's incompetence has been around for years. But all of sudden, there's a possibility the Dems could take back Congress and public opinion is adamantly opposed to the president, and the conservatives start to scramble to show their supposed "independence."

I just wish someone in the Democratic party had the balls to capitalize on all of this. Unfortunately, it looks like they're letting the chance slip away. Even if they win Congress, they don't have an agenda. It's discouraging.
7th-May-2006 12:07 pm (UTC)
Enter Hilary Clinton?

I think America's future may be restored if she is put into power - I remember her suggesting universal health care - something which works in other countries and which addresses poverty. Perhaps even a decent minimum wage?

I am willing to accept the disaster Bush has thrust upon us, if it means a liberal President with a strong reform agenda is elected to office and supported by the public.

Is it possible - I only hope, wait and see :o)
7th-May-2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
That depends largely on whether or not she's planning on actually leading us somewhere - read Markos' WaPo write-up here, he pretty much echoes my sentiments.
7th-May-2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Problem is, if she's put up for the nomination, it'll be wasted and we'll get Frist or Gingrich or some other pro-Bush fucker succeeding him in office. She won't get the Republican vote (no matter how disillusioned some might be with the neocons right now), there's Democrats who won't even vote for her ... and I suspect there's too much of the middle third of voters who don't trust her. I'm not passing judgment on her, just saying the way voters think.
7th-May-2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
8th-May-2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
Enter Hilary Clinton?

I had some hope for her, but she's showing a surprising lack of political courage. I'm terribly disappointed in her showing so far; I can understand her wanting to hold her cards close to her chest, but I think what the country needs now is someone like her who can step forward and lay out a strong, pro-active liberal agenda.

I remember her suggesting universal health care - something which works in other countries and which addresses poverty. Perhaps even a decent minimum wage?

If only! I think the health-care crisis is finally reaching a point where more Americans are beginning to see the need for some kind of universal coverage.
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