NYT: Frank Rich Says Goodbye to Bush

WE like our failed presidents to be Shakespearean, or at least large enough to inspire Oscar-worthy performances from magnificent tragedians like Frank Langella. So here, too, George W. Bush has let us down. Even the banality of evil is too grandiose a concept for 43. He is not a memorable villain so much as a sometimes affable second banana whom Josh Brolin and Will Ferrell can nail without breaking a sweat. He’s the reckless Yalie Tom Buchanan, not Gatsby. He is smaller than life.

The last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Bush’s presidency found that 79 percent of Americans will not miss him after he leaves the White House. He is being forgotten already, even if he’s not yet gone. You start to pity him until you remember how vast the wreckage is. It stretches from the Middle East to Wall Street to Main Street and even into the heavens, which have been a safe haven for toxins under his passive stewardship. The discrepancy between the grandeur of the failure and the stature of the man is a puzzlement. We are still trying to compute it.

You start to pity him until you remember how vast the wreckage is.

This is where I end up a lot when I think about. I’m happy that he’s leaving and we’re getting a new President - but when I stop and think about the carnage he’s leaving behind. I dunno, it’s depressing and I’m not even 100% sure that it’s correctable within my lifetime. He really fucked the place up.

It’s not by tyrants that empires fall, but by comfortable mediocrities, inept and complicit but too entangled by the powers-that-be and the prevalent social inertia to easily remove.

How’s your shopping? Be careful, it’s a jungle out there.

It’s not Bush’s fault. It’s the fault of the people who re-elected him.

History is cyclical. Bush is a comfortable descendant of, say, Honorius.

I’m not convinced that the dumbass actually won either election fair and square. After all, he did have some very good puppet masters.

“smaller than life” is perfect. Rich really has the poetic ear for these kinds of things.

The first I beleive he lost, rather than have a civil recount like Minnesota is having Bush rushed to court. I’m suprised that the Florida election commission didn’t tell the court to eff off, as near as I can tell they have no constitutional authority to direct the results of an election which is in a recount process.

The second one though was all about pussies who were scared of terrorist attacks. Give me liberty or give me death has been replaced by give me Viagra with my plan D medicare. It’s too bad that the people who voted for him can’t be singled out to pay the taxes to clean up the messes.

Bush was launching pollution into outer space? Awesome. I’m always happy to have something else to add to the list of reasons why he was the most wretched President of all time.

-Tom