Sunday, October 08, 2006

Unwinding From Bush's Mistakes

In the October issue of The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch explores how long it will take to "unwind" all of the many mistakes, foreign and domestic, that George W. Bush has made in his disastrous presidency. His conclusion:
'...a reasonable guess is that unwinding Bush will take more than a decade but less than two, meaning the job will be harder than unwinding [President] Carter but easier than unwinding Nixon...Bush has two years left to unwind himself; and if he's lucky, he'll have a Democratic House or Senate to help. He has been cursed with a Republican Congress that has indulged his worst tendencies--but that problem, at least, the voters might soon unwind.'


At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read the article in there about Hillary? As always, the Atlantic delivers great writing.

At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shalom John,

I like Rep. Nancy Pelosi's metaphor of draining the swamp.



At 10:26 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

The Atlantic rules, as always, Josh. As for Jeff's comment, I wish Pelosi would just keep her yap shut until after the election. The Republicans are already trying to do their best to spook people about how radical the Dem leaders are. She shouldn't be giving them any more ammunition just now.

At 4:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shalom John,

They're damned if they do and damned if they don't.

When congressional Democrats speak up they're tagged as shrill and angry. When they're quiet they're labeled gutless and detached.

I'm really getting tired of Democrats being treated like '50s housewives.



At 6:00 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Jeff, I'd be hardpressed to take issue with that. And your line about Dems being treated like '50s housewives is golden. I just worry that Pelosi's got extra baggage when it comes to providing fodder for Republican demagoguery. They key in on the part about her being the first woman speaker, of course. But what they really lick their chops about is her being from San Francisco. You know what that's code for to conservatives.

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Daniella said...

I don't want the Democrats to pick up where this Congress left off, we need to clear house, all that corruption, all that incompetence and arrogance need to be terminated.

I am going to vote to fire incumbents. Our government has ceased to exist to serve us instead they have serve other masters, mainly corporations represented by lobbyists playing King Midas.

Where is the proverbial barrel of tar, why are not more people furious and so angry that they start a grassroot movement complete with walks on Washingtons and in each large city in the US demanding true representation.

I want Bush impeach and I want Cheney in jail, I want Hastert gone for cover up in the Foley's scandal, Ted Stevens next in line might have disqualified himself due to his questionable mental state exhibited on the basis of his little speach where he compared the Internet to a "Big truck and lots of tubes."

That leaves Condi and she can manage the country for two years in cooperation with the other government branches. She can't do worst than all those old white guys.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Daniella has spoken!

At 10:42 AM, Blogger steveg said...

Sounds almost like a Quebecois separatist!

At 10:58 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Steve, when Hurricane Daniella gusts her way through one's blog, I suggest simply stepping back and enjoying the experience. Her verbal blasts are always refreshing in their proudly French-Canadian insouciance. But then she's even that much more fun to experience in person. I'd recommend it, and her, to anyone. Meanwhile, the next best thing is experiencing her virtually. You'll find here here:


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