When Will This be Our Fault?
Former Bush campaign strategist, Matthew Dowd, has become disillusioned with his former boss. (via Eschaton)
Those of us who have never liked President Bush on a personal or professional level have long-recognized his secluded and bubbled decision-making processes (we've used the word "insulated").
Looking back, Mr. Dowd now says his faith in Mr. Bush was misplaced.
“I really like him, which is probably why I’m so disappointed in things,” he said. He added, “I think he’s become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in.”
But now Bush is even moreso.
So, is it our fault, we naysayers and Bush-haters? Did we create a negative feedback loop and push him further into his tiny bubble instead of playing along happily with his bad decisions? Are the people out to get the paranoid responsible for making the paranoid more paranoid?
At some point a Bush apologist has to make that argument. We can't be given credit for being right that the Iraq war would be a big mistake. We certainly can't be allowed to be right for seeing Bush's authoritarian streak and penchant for Potemkin villages.
Besides the fact that it would have been just stupid to humor president who makes his decisions solely from the gut (the Higher Father he appeals to being a rumbling GI tract would explain a lot), stretching the bubble to encompass us all would have meant the same outcome, only possibly on a much larger scale further down the road: a giant burst bubble and lots of dazed and confused people.
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