Bush Hemorrhaging Allies

Abraham Lincoln said, “Stand with anybody that stands right. Stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.” Two former Bushies are taking the latter part of this advice.

One-time Democrat Matthew Dowd who was won over by George W. Bush so much so that he managed Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign has parted ways with Bush 43. In this NPR interview, Dowd talks of his disenchantment with the Bush administration, primarily over Iraq.

And a Washington Post article tells of the change of heart of an old friend of the Bush and Cheney families, Vic Gold, who is writing a scathing book entitled Invasion of the Party Snatchers: How the Holy-Rollers and the Neo-Cons Destroyed the GOP. Watching the Bush administration pursue an augmented role for the executive is what has most angered Mr. Gold, a Republican journalist and activist since the 60s.

If the people who know him best are leaving him, why do people who don’t know him at all maintain approval of him?

I have asked several Bushies for a list of 5-10 things Bush has done right over the last 6 years. I have even started them with a couple of things. I’d like a list from anyone. Don’t expect assertions to go undebated, but I’ll try to be constructive about it.


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