We toasted the end of the Bush Era Saturday night at the bar, reason enough to feel good, but otherwise people seemed pretty nervous. It’s understandable, I suppose, after the past two elections–winning one and unfathomably losing the other–but I think we’re in good shape. I think it’s a matter of whether the election is close or is a blowout, not whether Obama wins. The math involved for McCain to win is nearly impossible.
As for Bush, goodbye and good riddance. I can’t think of anyone that I feel as remarkably ill toward–even his co-part Cheney (it’s hard to pin this on an invisible man). I just don’t feel any sense of compassion or empathy for Bush and his genuine failure as a president. I think he got what he deserved, given what his actions were. And I’ll never understand those who gave their approval by voting for him in 2004. But many will redeem themselves this Tuesday (if they haven’t already).
Even for a declared optimist, Bush has appeared remarkably sanguine in this season of discontent. The economy is melting down, his own party has shunned him, and Tuesday’s election is shaping up as a searing rebuke to his eight years in office.
Sad, isn’t it? Nah. Not really. I just don’t feel it, not for “arguably the most disliked president since polling on the question began in the 1930s.” But unlike Bill Clinton, whose name was still on the tips of right-wing tongues for most of the past eight years (everything is still his fault!), I don’t think that Bush will get much more coverage here from me. The disaster he is leaving to his successor is well-documented, but what’s the point of demonizing someone who has already shot themselves in the foot again and again?
Well, I’ll say one thing: the war crimes stemming from his administration are worth pursuing, but Obama will never lead that charge. He’s going to have to fix the mess, and that would hardly be proactive. But for the record, I’d be all for it. Rumsfeld and Cheney and Bush should have some eventual responsibility tagged on them for this fabricated war, the sanctioned torture, and the unnecessary deaths of thousands.