Friday, July 6, 2007

What's Next for Bush?

If you accept the premise that George W. Bush is incompetent, and has no business being President, what's the best course of action for the next 18 months? Although there are some Republicans and Independents in this category, the bulk of the Bush criticism comes from Democrats. The Dems continue to attack a President with very low public confidence, even though many of them are in Congress and have even lower public approval ratings. Obviously continued bashing (kick him when he's down syndrome) and renewed impeachment talk, is meant to insure reelection and/or increased representation in elected positions by Democrats. But this is short-term and may be counterproductive long-term. Damaging to both the Democrats and the Country.

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What happens if the strategy succeeds in gaining for the Democrats a larger majority next election cycle, but weakens the ability of the Executive Branch to function. Will the opposition drag the Country down to such a level that the New Democrat President could face challenges to great to quickly overcome. The public is impatient. So now the Democrats could be in real trouble because promises cannot be fulfilled quickly enough to satisfy the public. Sometimes we Humans tend to eat our own.

Cal Thomas asks these same questions today in his latest piece. (The Cost Of Failure)
Liberal blogs are full of hatred for President Bush (as conservative media once were for President Clinton). They are beyond debating his policies, instead devolving into condemning him to political and literal hell. While that might make bloggers feel good and occupy their time until the next election, does it strengthen the nation against multiple threats? Can we afford this "luxury," if that's what it is, or would we be better served by political leadership that steps in, not to cause further harm but to do greater good?
Even Better Cal has a good solution.
The president should name a panel of prominent Democrats and Republicans to help him during the next 18 months. That assistance would not be for the purpose of making him look better, but for tackling difficult problems that partisanship has not solved. He might call it "Americans United," or some other high-minded name that would elevate dialogue beyond the reach of partisan dividers.
The President and the Country have nothing to loose by implementation of the idea. And perhaps it is possible the Republican Party would gain too. One thing appears sure - The Democrats Will Not Quit.

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