Would Someone Please Defend Bush?
So it’s official. In a story first reported in today’s New York Sun (and since picked up by just about every news agency), Scooter Libby has implicated Bush as the man who pushed the red button on the leak of CIA Agent Valerie Plame’s identity to NY Times reporter Judith Miller.
Needless to say, with a 36% approval rating, George W. is not at the top of the public’s list of favorite people. On my personal list, for example, he falls somewhere between the Cat Lady (NY animal rights woman who stands outside grocery stores screaming “stop having kids – you’re killing out animals!” at pregnant women) and Collin Farell (the man throws phones at people’s heads!). In other words, though I don’t quite think Bush is Satan-spawn (notice the blatant the lack of Hitler references), I’m none too pleased with him.
But here’s my problem—neither is anyone else I know. Everyone I talk with seems to share my sense of indignation at Bush’s sneaky dodging of Congress (and, cough, the LAW) to wiretap phones. And my friends are all equally appalled by his condescending smile, shoulder shrug, and reference to terrorism every time a reporter asks him about it. Now I enjoy a good bash fest as much as anyone, but surrounded by so many like-minded folk has started to make me a little concerned. Is there an argument from the other side? Do ALL 36% who approve of him live in Alabama? Why have I not heard a single argument (political pundits excepted) in Bush’s favor?
Hence my plea – would someone please defend Bush?