Two common misconceptions about GW Bush: one that he was stupid; the other that he was a “nice guy.” He was shrewd, sharp, skeptical. He could be very hard on people: remember, he was the man his father used to fire John Sununu as White House chief of staff.
David Frum and Michael Tomasky discuss whether women prefer to vote for Democrats. Interesting insight in to the importance of abortion.
We live in a time of political and media demagoguery unparalleled since the 19th century. Many of our most important public figures have gained their influence and power by inciting and exploiting the ugliest of passions—by manipulating fears and prejudices—by serving up falsehoods as reported truth. In time these figures will one by one die. What are we to say of this cohort, this group, this generation? That their mothers loved them? That their families are bereaved? That their fans admired them and their employees treated generously by them? Public figures are inescapably judged by their public actions. When those public actions are poisonous, the obituary cannot be pleasant reading.
The last paragraph of this write-up on Breitbart on The Daily Beast neatly sums up the last twelve years of political discourse.
David Frum defends Mitt Romney’s remark on enjoying “being able to fire people.”
The fact is, presidents (being politicians) get into much more trouble because they hesitate to fire than because they overenjoy it. Donald Rumsfeld lasted for years after it became apparent that his management of the Iraq War was failing. President Obama won’t take action against Eric Holder, not after he bollixed the trial of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed, who has to date faced neither the promised civilian trial nor the substituted military commission. It was son George W. who had to carry the message to White House Chief of Staff John Sununu that he must go, because President George H.W. Bush could not bear to do it. For 13 miserable years, Franklin Roosevelt flinched from firing an incompetent and obnoxious White House cook.