Earlier this morning, I noted how far left Bush-haters were using President Obama’s inaugural festivities as an opportunity to flip one last finger at Bush before he left the Capitol for Crawford, TX. In simple terms, that can be called “street BDS” – which is BDS displayed by run of the mill, mostly unwashed far leftists who will twist any issue into one in which Bush should be tried for “treason,” “war crimes,” etc.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only kind of BDS that exists. There’s also the “elite BDS,” which is a BDS frequently displayed by pompous, Ivy League-esque smarta$$es who think they know better than you do as to what you should and should not believe. That type of BDS is on display prominently in this worthless Jeremy Lott piece, in which he tries to explain why Bush hatred isn’t just confined to the left:
Of course, you don’t have to be a film critic or a liberal to look down on W. By conviction or necessity, we are all Bush haters now. Even those conservatives who defended him while in office will now face a stark choice: repudiate much of Bush’s legacy or be rendered ridiculous.
For example, unpaid Bush shill Fred Barnes recently wrote “for the editors” of the Weekly Standard that “Bush had 10 great achievements (and maybe more) in his eight years in the White House.” Among his undisputed successes on the foreign policy front were “enhanced interrogation of terrorists”, “the rebuilding of presidential authority” and “the surge”.
That an organ of conservative opinion would tout Bush’s moves toward torture and autocracy should be shocking. Notably absent from Barnes’s list was Bush’s decision to launch the invasion of Iraq in the first place, so the best that one of Bush’s most ardent defenders can say is that Bush managed to partially ameliorate one of his worst calls. That should change hearts and minds all right.
Meanwhile, Ken Shepherd at Newsbusters takes note of the street BDS that was on display as President Bush and the First Lady left the WH for the final time. I noticed that when Bush was announced shortly before Obama was inaugurated that he received polite golf claps from the pro-Obama crowd.
Those are the people who voted for “unity” and a return to “bipartisanship”? Ummm …