Bush is scaring people who don’t scare easily. Like Jim Baker.
And I guess what I’d like to say to people like Baker and the other three people who are suddenly shocked and dismayed at the way Bush is behaving — with the refusal to listen, and the assumption that people disagree with him just because they don’t respect his authoriTAH, and the stubborn insistence everybody bow down to his title, and all of it — is oh my God did we ever try to tell you this for years.
Because it boggles me that people continue to hope Bush is going to wake up some morning and be all, “You know, maybe I should take advice from others, play nicely, and work on my handwriting.” It’s like waiting for a dog to do a math problem. It’s just beyond the dog’s capabilities, and Bush is many things but he is not adaptable to advice which carries with it the implication that what he’s done has been a monstrous clusterfuck, which is what anyone other than the voices in his head will tell him right now, so we can wait all we want, the dog’s not gonna develop the ability to manage algebra.
I am just gobsmacked that anybody could be scared at this point. That anybody could muster up the suspense of the unexpected enough to be frightened. I mean, in order to be jolted by this you’d have had to be paying absolutely no attention to the man for the past six years, hell, his whole life, which has been about avoiding responsibility, ducking required service, taking credit for his parents’ achievements, and belligerently demanding respect instead of earning it. And yes, people can change, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting them to do so and hoping that they do, especially when such changes would serve to improve the state of one’s country. But there is something wrong with delusion, especially when such delusion gets lots of people killed.
At this point I’m viewing every revelation from every newly-come-to-Jesus former Bush supporter or confidante that the guy really is as bad as everybody said he is as the futile hope that when the next empty suit comes along they’ll actually listen to the opinions of others, even if those others are Democrats, or liberals, or less-than-orthodox conservatives, or slightly-to-the-left-of-Klansman. Even if those opinions are impolite, or delivered in less than deferential tones, or make some people uncomfortable.
Because nothing that’s happened in the last six years is anything that went unpredicted, so for Baker and others to be all scared now that Bush has refused to take their sage advice? It’s like that bumper sticker: You haven’t been paying attention.