Here, for your holiday reading pleasure, is a particularly vicious and irresponsible specimen of so-called “liberal” snark:
The hard-nosed super executives Bush chose to run this country for us turned on each other like rats in a slum-fire when the first signs of trouble appeared. What we have seen in the past few months is the incredible spectacle of a President of the United States either firing or being hastily abandoned by all of his hired hands and cronies — all the people who put him where he is today, in fact, and now that they’re gone he seems helpless. Some of his closest “friends” and advisers are headed for prison, and his coveted “place in history” is even now being etched out in acid by eager Harvard historians.
A year ago George W. Bush was Zeus himself, calling firebombs and shitrains down on friend and foe alike — the most powerful man in the world, for a while — but all that is gone now and nothing he can do will ever bring a hint of it back … He will go down with Harding and Grant as one of America’s classically rotten presidents …
The slow-rising central horror is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it.
Already — with the worst news yet to come — there is an ominous tide of public opinion that says whatever Bush and his small gang of henchmen and hired gunsels might have done, it was probably no worse than what other politicians have been doing all along.
Anybody who really believes this is a fool — but a lot of people seem to, and that evidence is hard to ignore. What almost happened here — and what was only avoided because the men who made Bush president and who were running the country in his name knew in their hearts that they were all mean, hollow little bastards who couldn’t dare turn their backs on each other — was a takeover and total perversion of the American political process by a gang of cold-blooded fixers so incompetent that they couldn’t even pull off a simple burglary … which tends to explain, among other things, why thousands of young Americans died for no reason while Bush and his brain trust were trying to figure out how to admit the whole thing was a mistake from the start.
Now substitute Richard Nixon for George W. Bush throughout and you will have exactly what Hunter S. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone 34 years ago. The only big thing he got wrong was his last sentence. Bush and his brain trust are too stupid and/or pig-headed even to know they were wrong, let alone admit it. This is why so many pointy-headed liberals of today will say, and mean it, that they are nostalgic for the good old days of Nixon.