It is so hard to be a lefty these days. No, not because of their loyal stance to statism. I think they are wrong, especially when it comes to economics but … they are entitled to their opinion. No, it’s hard because of all of the self inflicted wounds by Democrat politicians. Case in point … the Ground Zero Mosque. They get forced into a corner, come down on the wrong side … try to work their way out and end up having to decide: Blame Bush or ask for his help. Yikes!
First the blames Bush crowd. This was not even postable at first. I mean, what’s news about Democrat strategist Steve McMahon blaming Bush for the Ground Zero controversy that … ummm .. the Democrat President enflamed? But that’s just what he did when he tried to make the case that all of this got started with Bush.
Now let’s set aside that we were attacked 9 months into the Bush presidency when the attacks occurred. That it would seem the attacks were vengeance against the prior President’s cruise missile strategy in the middle east.
Yet despite this knock on the knee, reflexive strategy by lefties when it comes to bad news, McMahon apparently didn’t get the memo. Even as he was speaking, the queen of the lefties Maureen Dowd was penning her column for the NY Times and asking for “W”‘s help.
Our enemies struck at our heart, but did they also warp our identity?
The war against the terrorists is not a war against Islam. In fact, you can’t have an effective war against the terrorists if it is a war on Islam.
George W. Bush understood this. And it is odd to see Barack Obama less clear about this matter than his predecessor. It’s time for W. to weigh in.
My goodness. The left calling for President Bush’s help? You mean Bushhitler? Dump Bush? Evil Bush? Can’t wait to whack him President George W. Bush?
UPDATE: RVO blogger Wyndeward weighs in too.
Apparently, the mosque madness has created a sea change amongst certain members of the left.
“The war against the terrorists is not a war against Islam. In fact, you can’t have an effective war against the terrorists if it is a war on Islam.
George W. Bush understood this. And it is odd to see Barack Obama less clear about this matter than his predecessor. It’s time for W. to weigh in.”
Excuse me? Ms. Dowd wants George W. Bush, widely derided as the village idiot by the Democrats and as the cause of all out national troubles by Barak Obama, to come save that self-same “clean and articulate” Obama? After continually harrying and demonizing Bush, the clarion call goes out for him to come save them from themselves?
I guess it is true — the difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make some sort of sense.
When do I wake up?
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson is also looking for an assist from Bush. “I…would love to hear from former President Bush on this issue,” Robinson wrote Tuesday in a Post chat session. “He held Ramadan iftar dinners in the White House as part of a much broader effort to show that our fight against the al-Qaeda murderers who attacked us on 9/11 was not a crusade against Islam. He was absolutely right on this point, and it would be helpful to hear his views.”
Thanks again to Ed, we were all over this, this morning early. It pays to have guests in the know. And you might want to read his take. YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED.
That, of course, is one of the delicious ironies of this situation. Obama has done nothing but attack and demonize Bush for the last nineteen months, mainly to distract attention from Obama’s own failures on the economy. In fact, while Dowd et al demand a response from Bush, Obama is busy on the campaign trail (an activity that Obama chided the GOP for doing while Obama attended big fundraisers) attempting to continue blaming Bush for the economic slide Obama promised to prevent with his massive spending.
It’s not the only irony, though. If Bush was inclined to comment on the situation, he may very well echo Obama, or at least talk about the compatibility of liberty and moderate Islam. After all, the entire exercise in Iraq was and is predicated on the notion that Islam and democracy are not incompatible, a point that some enraged by the Ground Zero mosque seem to have forgotten.