Democrat strategists wanted Bush to fail – before Sept. 11

Currently, we have the Democrats out and about complaining that there are those who want Barak Obama “to fail.”  How soon some forget… Let us set the “Way-back Machine” for September 11, 2001, for a quick flashback:

“On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: “I certainly hope he doesn’t succeed.”

Inconvenient memories…  Tell me, James — by “not succeed,” did you mean “I certainly hope he (George Bush) fails?”   It might be time to call in Winston Smith to handle this for the “Ragin’ Cajun.”  I mean, seriously… where is the Ministry of Truth when you really really need them??

Pollster Stanley Greenberg chimed in, taking matters a little further…

“Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

“We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I’m wanting them to turn against him,” Greenberg admitted.

The pollster added with a chuckle of disbelief: “They don’t want him to fail. I mean, they think it matters if the president of the United States fails.””

Democrats, running a push-poll, hoping to exploit the seeming frailty of a new President?  Say it isn’t so!!

Speaking of 9/11 — talk about bad timing…

“Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: “Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!”

The press followed Carville’s orders, never reporting his or Greenberg’s desire for Bush to fail.”

Hmmmmm… reporters talking marching order from a well-connected political flack, sweeping ill-timed comments under the rug.

Now, here we are, about eight and a half years later… does Mr. Carville have a scintilla of intellectual consistency?

“The press devoted wall-to-wall coverage to the remark, suggesting that Limbaugh and, by extension, conservative Republicans, were unpatriotic.

“The most influential Republican in the United States today, Mr. Rush Limbaugh, said he did not want President Obama to succeed,” Carville railed on CNN recently. “He is the daddy of this Republican Congress.””

Oops… guess not… But should that *really* surprise us?  I mean, hey, Joe Biden told us that “paying taxes is patriotic“, while other Democrat notables told us that “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”  Apparently, these statements, given the nomination of tax-scofflaws to the Obama administration and efforts to stifle dissent by the administration, are… what was that phrase… “no longer operative.”

Editors note: HotAir has more, and you may have noted that 51 percent of Democrats – when asked in a 2006 poll – did not want President Bush to succeed. Patterico has more, with the full poll courtesy Fox News.


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5 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    They name streets after Democrats: ONE WAY.

    The hypocrisy is incredible, and even if the Repubicans directly quoted Democrats from the last eight years, changing the names of course, they would be excoriated for the very things that was being said, while Democrats enjoyed the safety of a compliant and complicit media.  For the last eight years, from the minute his 2000 victory was declared legitimate, he has been attacked by sore loser Democrats, constantly criticizing every single thing he did, supported by unions, welfare queens, and the communist group ANSWER.

    Dissent is "patriotic" for Dems, but makes Republicans the "party of no."  Republicans are obstructionist, Dems are "doing it for the children."  You get the idea.  Just look at the archives of sites like and DU.  The hatred is visceral and very vocal.  No sugarcoating here!

    Carville is just the worst kind of Democrat hack.  If he wasn't hypocritical, I would be surprised.

    • sqkingsley
      sqkingsley says:

      When an election is won by the Republicans – 54% to 46% – The media states it is a "narrow victory".  When an election is won by the Democrats – 54% to 46% – The media states it is a "landslide".  Get the picture?  What's good for the Democrat is not good for the Republican.  Two standards in play here.  For 8 years we heard nothing but negative about President Bush – wishes for his failure – DARE to criticize the great one – BHO – and Beware of the repercussions – The hyprocrisy of the media and the Democrats is truly outrageous! 

  2. sqkingsley
    sqkingsley says:

    I also hope for BHO's failure – his success would mean the end of our great Country as we know it  — His failure would mean the possible salvation of our Country.  You can support our Constitution, or, you can support Obama — You can't support both.

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