Towards A Good Samaritan World

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


A bit of strange new respect from the left for Bush for his stance on immigration is long overdue. Of course, it has to be given grudgingly, with a conclusion like this:

So perhaps a more enlightened Republican friend will come to Bush and say this. "Your presidency isn't hanging by a thread; your presidency is already over. You staked it on the war in Iraq, and you lost. Even if Republicans do hold Congress this fall, they will never again acquiesce to your wishes. Your hopes of passing any kind of agenda are over. So think about your legacy. If historians say anything kind, it may be that you helped the Republican Party--which benefited so shamefully from the civil rights backlash--lay down the burden of race. Politically, you are going to lose either way. Why not do it with dignity?"

Are lefties under the impression that they're saying something meaningful when they write that the Bush presidency is "already over?" Bush will be president for two-and-a-half more years. That's two-and-a-half more years in which a President Kerry won't be passing up a hugely expensive health plan, or raising taxes, or surrendering in Iraq. That's two-and-a-half more years in which Bush, if he has the courage, can be a bulwark against the isolationist tide. That's two-and-a-half more years, probably, of strong economic growth, with Bush at the helm.

And heck, even if the Republicans lose Congress in 2006, they gained seats in 2002 and 2004, under Bush. Two out of three ain't bad. Clinton proved that a president whose opponents can control Congress is most definitely relevant.

So why does it sound clever to write that the Bush presidency is "already over"? Because some people get a buzz out of denying well-known facts. I wish pundits would drop this juvenilia. Bush's presidency is going to last another two-and-a-half years, and that matters, a lot.

Anyway, though, it's nice to see a Democratic publication letting go of its snobbery for a second and giving some credit to Bush. If more of them start doing this, I might start to have a little bit of respect for the Dems.


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