Bush Wasn’t Polarizing, His Election Was
That Is, To Those on Left who Can’t Accept the idea of a Republican president
One of the things I find most annoying about the coverage of President Obama’s inauguration was how certain Democrats compared the good will shown and national unity expressed to the previous two inaugurals, both of George W. Bush.
It’s as if that Republican created the contention of those two ceremonies, But, the then-president wasn’t the one organizing the protests against his swearing-in. Those who make that comparison, while meaning to slight the former president, unwittingly end up slighting his attackers.
It just seems that some people, a class of people given a pass (if not outright or tacit support) by the media, can’t accept that a Republican could win election to the highest office in the land.
But, we Republicans and conservatives, well most of us least, are a different breed. As Robert Stacy McCain puts it “conservatives aren’t going through anything like the grief/angst/outrage that Democrats went through after the 2000 and 2004 elections” (Via Glenn).
To be sure, the former President, after the 2002 elections, could have done more to unite the nation, especially by better defending his own policies and by better challenging those on the far left (and their media enablers) who sought to slander him. But, he would not have been as polarizing a figure as he would become had others not sought relentlessly to undermine him.
Cross-posted at GayPatriot.
B. Daniel Blatt