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  •  I think it is a mistake... (6+ / 0-)

    I think it is a mistake to continue to buy into the myth that George W. was an idiot.

    When George W. first ran for office in Texas, he was articulate and used "Big, fancy words" and was eviscerated for being a elite, Ivy league yankee out of touch with the common man.  He then honed the down home, "good-ole-boy" image and dumbed down his speech to overwhelming success in Texas.  If you watch any of his speeches, he was able to articulate very well when he was talking about lowering taxes for the wealthy and doing things that he really believed in.  When it came to lying about his concern for the general population and having to say things someone else wrote for hom to make him sound down-to-earth, that is when he got tongue tied.  

    George W. was not stupid.  He got almost everything he sought out to do accomplished while he was in office.  It's just that we keep measuring him based on what was good for the country as if that was his intention.  That was never the intention and those he wanted to enrich became richer beyond their wildest dreams.  Success is a relative concept.  Calling him an idiot gives cover for what an evil bastard he actually was.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 10:42:10 AM PST

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    •  Blame Rove (6+ / 0-)

      who, after all, was the Evil Genius behind buying that damned "ranch" in Crawford-- since abandoned, of course, as the phony shtick it always was.

      "Brush clearing" my a**!

      I must be dreaming...

      by murphy on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 11:05:37 AM PST

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    •  you have a good point, (4+ / 0-)

      and I didn't say he was stupid or an idiot. Calling his administrations "eight terrifying years of a no-brainer" was shorthand for several millions words encompassing the so-called GWOT, two unnecessary land wars in Asia, and serious undermining of constitutional rights, among other things.

      He may or may not be book-learning smart, and many smart people aren't, but he is sneaky and crafty and, as you correctly say, "an evil bastard."

      I believe that it is as much a right and duty for women to do something with their lives as for men and we are not going to be satisfied with such frivolous parts as you give us. -- Louisa May Alcott

      by Mnemosyne on Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 11:08:56 AM PST

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