May 17, 2006
Mission Almost Accomplished

It’s been nearly four years since I first posted my analysis of the nasty psychopathology that has forced George W. Bush to fail all his life, and is causing him to fail so spectacularly now. Consider this from the Washington Post (emphasis added):

Bush’s job approval rating now stands at 33 percent, down five percentage points in barely a month and a new low for him in Post-ABC polls. His current standing with the public is identical to President George H.W. Bush’s worst showing in the Post-ABC poll before he lost his reelection bid to Bill Clinton in 1992.
The younger Bush’s career can only be understood as a lifelong obsession with disappointing the father he so plainly hates.

He follows his father’s footsteps in school, as a pilot, as a businessman, and finally as a politician. Unable to fill those footprints, he makes each one seem unimportant by pretending contempt for it. He gets C’s where his father got A’s; he ducks the combat flying that made his father a hero; he burns through the seed money his father’s friends gave him, failing in the oil business which had made his father rich.

Then at last he was taken in hand by a sleazy political op who realized that the father’s name and money would be enough to elect the wayward son governor of Texas. (Polls at the time showed that a significant portion of the voters thought that W. actually was his father.)

Then Rove set out to hand-carry his meal ticket into the White House itself.

Take that, you old fart, junior must have thought as he took the oath of office. Any asshole can get to be president. But even that wasn’t enough. Deep inside, where the Oedipal snakes writhed in his subconscious, there was still work to do.

What better to way to humiliate his father than to degrade the supreme office the old man had spent his life to reach? What sweeter revenge than to slime, like a slug, the presidency itself? And so he enlisted Rumsfeld and Cheney, his father’s ancient enemies, to help in the work of patricide.

Outdoing his father as president, the junior Bush must have known in his heart, was beyond his limited capacities. But his whole life offered proof of his ability to fail, and so he took the only path remaining. He would become, God help the rest of us, the worst president in history.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at May 17, 2006 06:53 PM
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There's no doubt you're absolutely right. His only talent is for spectacular failure.

Posted by: spiiderweb on May 17, 2006 9:51 PM

If an intelligent man set out to do the most harm he could to the country, it's hard to think of anything he could come up with that Dubya hasn't done. But only the tinfoil hat crowd believes Bush actually set out to ruin us, so there had to be another answer (incompetence, ignorance and arrogance only go so far). I think you've hit on that answer. It passes the parsimony test. Bravo!

Posted by: Nugatory on May 18, 2006 7:46 AM

Of course this insight has powered this site from the early days.

I'm sure that the "Creepy Death Wish" post has been cited dozens of times on this site since it was written in 2002.

Funny that it never really broke through into the limelight on one of the big sites, and even into the MSM. Of course, it is only in the past 10 months or so that the assessment of George Bush as the worst president in history has begun to be taken seriously. Before, certainly there were many people who believed it to be the case, especially on the good-guy blogs, but the real-world poll numbers were contrary. Now, the assessment that G. Bush is in competition for the title of "Worst President Ever" has become a responsible, poll-backed position.

Maybe now, the MSM will be ready to pick up the theme that a death wish is in operation, together with the concomitant realization that there is no hope of rescuing the presidency, and that this administration's nation-weakening ways are not accidental -- they are fundamental. And thus that the patriotic duty of every American is to oppose, limit, restrict, and resist the president, not to try to work with him.

Let's hope this all finally is picked up, and if it is, let's hope Jerry gets the credit he is due.

Posted by: sinful on May 18, 2006 12:17 PM

Right on the mark.

Posted by: Harrison2 on May 18, 2006 6:58 PM

Lest we forget.. Poppa Bush was highly criticized for not sending Stormin' Norman all the way to Baghdad to get Saddam Hussein. Another way for W. to show up the old man.

Posted by: Doc on May 18, 2006 9:59 PM

(Polls at the time showed that a significant portion of the voters thought that W. actually was his father.)

Oh, that is rich. Do you have a source for this -- I'd like to share this information with some W loyalists...

Posted by: Doyle on May 18, 2006 10:56 PM

I think I got it from a book named "Bush's Brain," which I later donated to the Hughes Memorial Library in West Cornwall, CT, where it may be inspected by interested parties. Or it may have been from a Molly Ivins column. From somebody, at any rate, knowledgeable about Texas politics.

Posted by: Jerry Doolittle on May 20, 2006 5:10 PM
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