Liberal Hypocrisy

If ever there was a perfect example of liberal hypocrisy, it's Jimmy Carter. Saying that the Bush administration is the worst in this country's history while ignoring his own catastrophic failures as a president is about as sharp an example as anyone could want. At least Bush didn't destroy the economy and leave hostages stuck in Iran for 444 days while nothing was done about it.

Even Carter is half-assedly admitting to it with his backpedaling response he gave NBC this morning. Having to cook up some lame excuse about how Bush is worse than Nixon or something. Come on Carter, just shut up and go away. The White House was right when they called you irrelevant.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on May 21, 2007 8:44 am by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
To be perfectly honest, both sides of that little spat look like complete dumbasses. World leaders playing little junior high word games. Absolutely pathetic.

And yknow, I can kind of admire Carter, insofar as I think he's a generally moral, upstanding, generally decent sort of guy, and he's done ok being that guy. But the whole presidency really wasn't all that hot. And he's got a sort of a point, though I'm kind of with John Scalzi on this one:

You've also got Harding and the entire Gilded Age to get past in order to hit the bottom. Jury's out on whether GWB has gone that far down, though.

Nixon, though? Well, maybe. Hard for me to categorize the man. Slimy as hell, but very clever. Did some good things, did some (obviously) bad things.

Now, say what you will about Bush, I don't think slimy is the right word. He goes to some really great lengths to stick up for his people, even if we all wish he wouldn't (and hi, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Gonzales, I'm talking about you). Upstanding in certain ways - all that business about fighting terrorists and liberating countries and all? He's RIGHT about that, dammit. And there's a big part of that wonders if, say, Bill Clinton had said "Hey world, Saddam's really evil, let's go kick him out!" if the world wouldn't just have said, in a Bill and Tedesque fashion, "We're with you, Billy the Kid!"

On the other hand, the sheer level of incompetence with which some of these otherwise good things have been carried out is truly heartbreaking. And that leaves aside other things, like the level of mercenariness shown to the people who aren't in the Cabinet, or the whole odious fundie agenda that he's at least partially signed on to. The list goes on. In the event, the man's definitely no FDR, or Truman, or Lincoln.

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