Christopher Buckley worked for President 41, George Herbert Walker Bush.
I voted for George W. Bush in 2000. In 2004, I could not bring myself to pull the same lever again. Neither could I bring myself to vote for John Kerry, who, for all his strengths, credentials, and talent, seems very much less than the sum of his parts. So, I wrote in a vote for George Herbert Walker Bush, for whom I worked as a speechwriter from 1981 to ’83. I wish he’d won.
Bob Woodward asked Bush 43 if he had consulted his father before invading Iraq. The son replied that he had consulted “a higher father.” That frisson you feel going up your spine is the realization that he meant it. And apparently the higher father said, “Go for it!” There are those of us who wish he had consulted his terrestrial one; or, if he couldn’t get him on the line, Brent Scowcroft. Or Jim Baker. Or Henry Kissinger. Or, for that matter, anyone who has read a book about the British experience in Iraq. (18,000 dead.)
Read the rest of the essay in which he disavows not just President 43, George W. Bush, but also the Republican controlled House and Senate. My favorite part is here:
My fellow Republicans, it is time, as Madison said in Federalist 76, to “Hand over the tiller of governance, that others may fuck things up for a change.”
(Or was it Federalist 78?)
1. Jon Johnston09/28/2006 04:29:59 PM
Unfortunately, handing the tiller of governance over these days means to the Democrats, whose greatest ability in the last four years has been to lay down and let everything run over them. Not exactly a group that's capable of governing either.
That's the saddest thing of all in this age of politics. We *WE* have all destroyed the concept of anything but a two-party system. There used to be some talk about Independents rising, other parties, but we've all figured out that there is too much money in being on one side and bitching and blaming the other.
Republicans, Democrats. Lord, I hope Kinky Friedman wins in Texas and gives the country some hope.
2. vesoftware11/05/2013 11:08:35 PM
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