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  •  Like all the Germans in 1946 *hated* the Nazis, (8+ / 0-)

    Bartlett just hates George W. Bush. Now that it's blindingly obvious to all sentient beings that he was a catastrophic failure in office.

    Funny thing, though. I don't recall Bartlett raging against Bush while he was still in office. I don't recall him backing up Secretary Snow when the latter was pilloried for daring to criticize the Bush White House after being pushed out. I don't recall Bartlett protesting the illegal invasion of Iraq, or torture.

    No props for recognizing that water is wet long after the rest of the world has moved on.

    •  You didn't read his article, did you? (3+ / 0-)
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      If you're going to force us to invoke Godwin you could at least make it worthwhile. Go read the article.

      Here, i'll make it really simple for you:

      But as the Bush 43 administration progressed, I developed an increasingly uneasy feeling about its direction. Its tax policy was incoherent, and it had an extremely lackadaisical attitude toward spending. In November 2003, I had an intellectual crisis.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:21:43 PM PST

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      •  Yet its taken TWELVE YEARS (4+ / 0-)
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        for him to make some noise about it?

        Sorry but I call major bullshit.  

        I know he claims that he's been effectively blacklisted from not only Fox but all of NewsCorp empire but there are other  stations than Fox and other newspapers than the NY Post or the Wall Street Journal.   The bottom line is the guy is a lying piece of shit.  if he was serious about his Bush hatred he would have come out a long time ago and done it in a more forceful way.  

        This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

        by DisNoir36 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:30:35 PM PST

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        •  Uh, he did (7+ / 0-)

          He wrote a book published in February 2006 titled "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy." I'd say that's pretty forceful and it happened over six years ago. Of course, I don't think Reagan had any real legacy to betray other than as the father of the war on the middle class, but that's another story. Bartlett may well be an ass as Kos says, but his article should be required reading for anybody trapped inside the right-wing cult.

          •  Betrayed the Reagan Legacy By Making it Apparent (5+ / 0-)

            to everyone what that legacy really is.

            We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

            by Gooserock on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 03:50:04 PM PST

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          •  And then he whined (1+ / 0-)
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            when it didn't sell.  Or when the typical right wing bubble completely ignored it.

            He seemed to forget that there was other media OUTSIDE the right wing bubble.  

            Hell I believe there was a small website with alot of orange on it back then that was growing in influence.  I know I was reading that web site back then and there was NOT A FUCKING PEEP about his book back then.    

            This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

            by DisNoir36 on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:00:13 PM PST

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            •  The point is, it didn't take him twelve years (4+ / 0-)

              to make some noise about it. He was effectively blacklisted early in Bush's second term. It's fine to criticize him, but at least make that criticism valid. Whether his book sold well or received broad exposure is beside the point, unless you're suggesting that he purposely tried to limit its audience.

          •  Still ... (0+ / 0-)
            As I wrote the book, however, my utter disdain for Bush grew, as I recalled forgotten screw-ups and researched topics that hadn’t crossed my radar screen. I grew to totally despise the man for his stupidity, cockiness, arrogance, ignorance, and general cluelessness.
            Us dirty, unpatriotic, treasonous libruls were pointing out all these qualities of Bush's long before Bartlett did.  

            Many familiar with Bush were saying it before he even became president.  (Molly Ivins, anyone?)

            We despised and disdained Bush long before Bartlett did.

            Will Bartlett now acknowledge that we were actually ... you know ... right?  

            Will he now give us credit for seeing the truth long before he did?  For having better and more accurate judgment than Republicans?

            Somehow I doubt it.

      •  Read the article, thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr. Bartlett still backed most of the Bush policies, having qualms only about spending, like a classic teabagger.

        I don't see where he had any problems at all with extraordinary rendition, torture, or the illegal invasion of Iraq. You know, real crimes.

        •  you're looking in all the wrong places (1+ / 0-)
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          If you thought this was about Bruce Bartlett having a come to Jesus moment over progressivism you're mistaken.

          Meanwhile, there's a GOP civil war going on …

          All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

          by subtropolis on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:47:05 AM PST

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