From Instapundit, who writes: " A screenshot from Memeorandum last night (Feb. 21)":
We're officially one month into the United States of Obama, and as a Republican who voted for John McCain/Sarah Palin, I can say that my expectations for the Obama Administration have been met -- but not in a good way.
I expected that Obama would to find governing much more difficult than campaigning, but I had no idea that it would only take weeks for the Obama White House to come across as a bunch of clueless dolts. And their attempts to marginalize the press and conservative media figures have been nothing but immature. Really -- can you imagine President Bush telling Democrats to stop listening to Keith Olbermann and stop reading MoveOn.org and start cooperating more with Republicans?
I expected that Democrats would be revealed to be no more virtuous than Republicans, but the sheer number and scope of Democrat scandals -- lobbying, pay-for-play, influence peddling, and especially unpaid taxes -- (Caroline Kennedy, Timothy Geithner, Hilda Solis, Bill Richardson, Tom Daschle, Charlie Rangel, Jack Murtha, Roland Burris ... did I forget anyone?) has been staggering.
I expected the Democrats to be somewhat drunk with power now that they control both Congress and the White House, but I never thought that they would have the audacity to stuff fourteen years worth of pork barrel spending into a single bill!
I expected that Barack Obama would have difficulty implementing all of his ethics and accountability reforms, but I never expected that he would break every single transparency and accountability promise with the passage of his first major bill.
And finally, I expected that Barack Obama would eventually vindicate most of the Bush Administration's War on Terror policies simply by continuing them, but I was stunned that it happened so quickly. It seems that the Obama administration is much more frightened of the political consequences of a domestic terror attack than they are of a deep and lengthy economic recession.
It is becoming clearer and clearer to me that most of the "antiwar" hysteria during the past six years was simply anti-Republicanism. It was about smearing the Bush Administration, ensuring the failure of their policies, and destroying Bush's legacy. It was all about hatred and partisan politics, and it had more to do with Bush's narrow win in 2000 than with anything related to Bush's foreign policy or use of military force.
I'm convinced that history will be kind to President Bush, particularly in light of the Obama Administration's quiet continuation of his War on Terror policies. And perhaps forty or fifty years in the future, our grandchildren will shake their heads at the unhinged Bush hatred that so dominated newspapers, television, movies, music, and other entertainment media during the first decade of the twenty first century.
But here and now, I think President Bush is owed a major, feature-length, show-stopping, banner headline apology. Go ahead, liberals and progressives, yellow dog Democrats, Hollywood, and the Ivy League. You're all so much smarter and wiser than George W. Bush. Admit you were wrong. Go ahead, just admit it. You all said Bush was a cretin and an evil-doer for not admitting his "mistakes." You wouldn't want that judgment hanging over your heads, now would you?
Speaking of which, here's one more thought. How many times will the American people be duped by a bunch of elitist twits into believing that the only path to leadership is through the political and cultural environment of the Ivy League, and any Ivy League golden boy (or girl) is therefore smarter, wiser, and more qualified to lead? How many times will we fall for this? And how much will we be willing to suffer politically and financially because of our folly?
I've become a huge fan of the blog Car Lust. This month, they featured automotive "epic fails," and they just ended the series with the biggest automotive epic fail of them all, the 1958 Edsel.
In spite of a lot of good ideas and a metric boatload of money spent on market research, design, and an exhaustive advertising campaign, the American people walked away from the Edsel. The moral of the story?
The tale of the Edsel is fascinating because it's an instance of a large organization full of talented, competent, well-intentioned people setting a goal that seemed perfectly reasonable, marching confidently toward that goal--and going straight off a cliff. There was no one big colossal mistake ... so much as there was a long series of minor to moderate miscalculations that all added up to an idea that not only didn't fly, but crashed and burned on takeoff and left a great smoking hole in Ford's corporate treasury.
Remember that the next time someone tries to convince you that they are so smart, and their ideas are so good, that they always know what is best for you and cannot possibly ever be wrong about it.