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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