The Des Moines Register published an excellent letter to the editor on November 25. Kudos to the author.
Small fringe makes Republicans look bad
There is no mystery why candidates with an (R) behind their name lost in 2006 and 2008. They defended the indefensible for years, and it made voters mad. Only people in denial say George Bush was unfairly treated, and that Democrats and the media should hound Barack Obama with the same vitriolic intensity. They need to take a little trip down memory lane.
Bush enjoyed a 90 percent approval rating in October 2001, and we had the entire world on our side. It is ridiculous to blame anyone else but him and his top advisers for securing his place among the worst presidents in history.
His actions and inactions resulted in tragedy after scandal after disaster. The Bush-Cheney team has left our country morally, ethically, diplomatically, militarily and financially bankrupt.
Sarah Palin points to a Republican administration’s “blunders with war strategy” and “trillion-dollar debt” for losing the election. Ron Paul has hinted John McCain might have won if he’d held up Bush as the example of what can go wrong with an inexperienced person in the White House.
It is the last 25 percent of Americans refusing to admit how bad the Bush-Cheney years were who make all Republicans look like the lunatic fringe.
- T.J. Facto