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Manchurian Candidate?

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On October 9, 2005 @ 2:51 pm In Politics | Comments Disabled

Man, talk about the base getting restless: 

I do not track politics closely — I’m a pragmatic independent [1] who actually had some nice things to say about Ronald Reagan [2]. My political interest is to keep an eye out for policies which impact deficits and interest rates, taxes and spending, monetary policy and consumer sentiment. 

I don’t ignore politics, but I don’t obsess over it either. I’m not a member of any political party, and for professional reasons, I do not vote in presidential elections (save your emails, your wasting your time).

However, when an Op/Ed from a normally conservative paper has lines in it like: "Mr Bush is now close to destroying the Reagan revolution," it makes you sit up and take notice:

IT should have been the crowning moment of his administration, the opportunity to exercise one of his most important privileges as President by picking two new judges to serve on the Supreme Court, thereby stamping his mark on American society for the next few decades, as only a few presidents have done before him. Instead, President Bush’s astonishingly short-sighted decision last week to nominate a close colleague with no judicial track record for the Supreme Court, following an earlier uninspired choice, risks condemning his administration to being remembered as the most debilitating since the sorry rule of Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s. There is no pleasure in recording this. This newspaper is second to none in its pro-American sentiments; in the early Bush years it devoted much ink to defending the President against the often malevolent and ignorant attacks of a congenitally anti-American European media. But we know a lost cause when we see one: the longer President Bush occupies the White House the more it becomes clear that his big-government domestic policies, his preference for Republican and business cronies over talented administrators, his lack of a clear intellectual compass and his superficial and often wrong-headed grasp of international affairs – all have done more to destroy the legacy of Ronald Reagan, a President who halted then reversed America’s post-Vietnam decline, than any left-liberal Democrat or European America-hater could ever have dreamed of. As one astute American conservative commentator has already observed, President Bush has morphed into the Manchurian Candidate, behaving as if placed among Americans by their enemies to do them damage.

The entire column [3] is astounding; If you want to get a better understanding on why the right wing of the blogsphere is foaming at the mouth, this piece will do it.


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Source:
George Bush, the Manchurian candidate [3]
thebusinessonline, October 09,  2005
http://www.thebusinessonline.com/SectionStories.aspx?
SectionID=F200D393-0200-421B-894F-33C0717ACBD6&menu=1/3


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[1] pragmatic independent: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2004/03/last_of_the_ind.html

[2] Ronald Reagan: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2004/06/reagans_liberal.html

[3] column: http://www.thebusinessonline.com/SectionStories.aspx?SectionID=F200D393-0200-421B-894F-33C0717ACBD6&menu=1/3

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