December 17, 2009

AND BECAUSE HE SO RADICALLY TRANSFORMED AMERICAN POLITICS...:

Democrats can't blame Bush for their troubles (E.J. Dionne Jr., December 17, 2009, Washington Post)

Here's what Democrats need to ponder: Can they prosper in the absence of George W. Bush?

His presidency was a tonic for Democrats and led to a blossoming of political creativity on the center-left not seen since the 1930s. No tactic, no program, no leader ever did more to catalyze the party than the rage Bush inspired.

The whole effort was summarized nicely by the party's slogan in 2006, "A New Direction for America." There was no need to specify north or south, east or west, up or down. Compared with Bush, any alternative destination seemed appealing. And by becoming the apotheosis of the fresh and the new, Barack Obama emerged as the most attractive guide to this unknown promised land.


...once in power the Democrats have been unable to deviate from W. The delusion of their rhetoric has butted up against the realities of America and the sight isn't pretty. But it is funny....

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2009 6:50 AM
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