January 29, 2004
DEMOCRATS DON'T HATE BUSH...
... They just hate how he governs.
Marie Cocco at Newsday gets it about as right as I've seen it written on why Democrats are energized. It starts on Nov. 7, 2009 and continues on from there on policy policy policy and arrogance. Even if they are not right on all these charges the perception contues to be re-inforced by no one else but George W. Bush. A Bush who called for more tax cuts and to make the current ones permanent.
Of course, Cocco says it better herself, here.
Conservative commentators see this determination to win and they believe it is rooted in blind hatred of the president. They are wrong.
It is not hatred. It is horror at the way Bush took office, at the way he has governed, at the direction in which he has taken the country. Democrats do not necessarily believe it was wrong to go to war in Iraq, but they do believe Bush went about it the wrong way.
They do not believe polluters should write the anti-pollution laws. They don't believe the vice president's former company, Halliburton, should get no-bid government contracts.
They don't believe the drug companies and the insurance industry should be the chief beneficiaries of the Medicare prescription drug legislation, instead of elderly beneficiaries themselves. They are not so much aghast that a record budget deficit has mounted, but that it grows and grows and grows with each successive Bush tax cut, the bulk of which goes to the people who least need the money.
Most Democrats - certainly not those in the farm towns of Iowa or in the moderate New Hampshire suburbs - do not hate Bush, personally. They hate what they see him doing to the country.