Wednesday, November 01, 2006

GOP Must Go

The American Conservative on the midterm election(via Daniel McCarthy:

The meaning of this election will be interpreted in one of two ways: the American people endorsed the Bush presidency or they did what they could to repudiate it. Such an interpretation will be simplistic, even unfairly so. Nevertheless, the fact that will matter is the raw number of Republicans and Democrats elected to the House and Senate.

It should surprise few readers that we think a vote that is seen--in America and the world at large--as a decisive "No" vote on the Bush presidency is the best outcome. We need not dwell on George W. Bush's failed effort to jam a poorly disguised amnesty for illegal aliens through Congress or the assaults on the Constitution carried out under the pretext of fighting terrorism or his administration's endorsement of torture. Faced on Sept. 11, 2001 with a great challenge, President Bush made little effort to understand who had attacked us and why--thus ignoring the prerequisite for crafting an effective response. He seemingly did not want to find out, and he had staffed his national-security team with people who either did not want to know or were committed to a prefabricated answer.

1 comment:

JT said...

In case anyone is interested, I've written my take on the midterm elections for CounterPunch. A formatted version can be found on the Antiwar League site here.

By the way, I agree with you that it's been amusing to watch as George Allen has revealed himself as just another self-seeking hack. A year ago, I thought he had a good chance for the '08 nomination. He's the kind of candidate party leaders like. But unlike Governor Bush, Senator Allen tipped his hand to the public a little too soon.