Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bush 2004 campaign chief now has regrets - duh

There's an extremely irritating article in the NYTimes, published tomorrow, that should have you tearing your hair out: "Ex-Aide Details a Loss of Faith in the President." The article's about Matthew Dowd, former Democratic strategist who turned Republican due to his "falling in love" - yes, that's the way he puts it - with George W. Bush. And now that it's clear that he's been had, he's going public. Here's a notable excerpt from the article:
Mr. Dowd, a crucial part of a team that cast Senator John Kerry as a flip-flopper who could not be trusted with national security during wartime, said he had even written but never submitted an op-ed article titled “Kerry Was Right,” arguing that Mr. Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate, was correct in calling last year for a withdrawal from Iraq.

“I’m a big believer that in part what we’re called to do — to me, by God; other people call it karma — is to restore balance when things didn’t turn out the way they should have,” Mr. Dowd said. “Just being quiet is not an option when I was so publicly advocating an election.”
You cannot read this article without shaking your head repeatedly. There are a number of things Dowd says that are just a day late and a dollar short, as they say. I am constantly amazed at the people who were suckered by empty suit Bush and feel absolutely no sympathy for their daftness.

The 2004 election is destined to be viewed, historically, as a colossal mistake. The triumph of petty partisan attacks over substantive considerations. You'd like to think that the next election will not produce a similar campaign but why would anyone have faith in that?