April 6, 2007
Not Quite A Mea Culpa
Joe Klein says he's had it:
When Bush came to office--installed by the Supreme Court after receiving fewer votes than Al Gore--I speculated that the new President would have to govern in a bipartisan manner to be successful. He chose the opposite path, and his hyper-partisanship has proved to be a travesty of governance and a comprehensive failure. I've tried to be respectful of the man and the office, but the three defining sins of the Bush Administration--arrogance, incompetence, cynicism--are congenital: they're part of his personality. They're not likely to change. And it is increasingly difficult to imagine yet another two years of slow bleed with a leader so clearly unfit to lead.Jeeze, what took him so long? Plus Klein is giving himself too much credit here. He wasn't a victim whose only crime was believing Bush would be "bipartisan"; no no no, he wasn't had. Over and over, very much like his media elite friends, Klein chose to give Bush the benefit of the doubt long after the majority of us knew and long after facts proved he didn't deserve any.
It was only after six long years of unmitigated disaster, after the marching band -- i.e. the rest of us -- showed the way, did media establishment band leaders like Klein follow suit. And grudgingly at that:
NO! I am not hinting at impeachment. There are no "high crimes" here. Just a really bad presidency. In fact, I consider impeachment talk counterproductive and slightly nutso.No high crimes? Slightly nutso? For someone who's often been proven wrong, you'd think Klein would at least resist a snarky diatribe. Now his not quite a mea culpa is worth even less than it did at first glance.
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