Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Bush: Bipartisan to the End

George W. Bush has been called a lot of things. But one of the things that he hasn't been called often is bipartisan. Funny, you think? But if you look at his record, he actually has been very good on this point.

* Bush worked with Democrats to push through Texas education reform.
* Bush worked with Democrats on a Democratic plan to push through U.S. educational reform.
* Bush partnered with Democrats to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda.
* Bush partnered with Democrats to pass the Iraq War resolution. The Senate version of the bill was introduced by a Democrat and in both Chambers of Congress, Democrats flocked to the bill.
* The military under the Bush Administration exposed the abuses at Abu Gharaib.
* Bush has been one of the most pro-environmental Presidents in our history. He has set aside massive acreage for conservation, including the largest tract in American history. ANWR was not drilled in (unfortunately) and Bush was willing to work with Dems to help our environment.
* Bush attempted to work with Dems for Social Security reform.
* Bush helped in the process of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.
* Bush established a bipartisan foreign policy regarding Iran and Syria.
* Bush has worked overtime to ensure a good transition to Obama's administration. This despite the talk of Bush remaining in power through an emergency declaration.

George W. Bush is treated like a clown and a charlatan today. When history looks back on what he's done and the things that he has had to put up with, he will be given a kinder review.


Anonymous said...

When history looks back on what he's done and the things that he has had to put up with, he will be given a kinder review.
I doubt it.
We'll see.
Maybe, if in the future, somebody even less bipartisan gets elected, there's a chance he'll get a good review.
If anybody in Louisiana's planning on writing history, forget about it.

American said...

I agree with some of what you said. Certainly though, Bush had a record of bi-partisanship as Governor that he did not equal as President.

But giving him credit for having a smooth transition, despite talk of continuing under an emergency decree. You gotta be kidding. I don't think Bush ever considered that. I don't know where you get it. And to throw it out as a plus, as if refusing to leave office wouldn't have been clearly unconstitutional and have created the biggest political crisis in history.