Beautiful people, here are a few links courtesy of stalwart reader J. First, behold the power of the progessive blog/White House alliance:
It’s been a familiar pattern since President Obama took office in 2009: When critics attack, the White House can count on a posse of progressive writers to ride to its rescue. Pick an issue, from the Affordable Care Act to Ukraine to the economy to controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and Benghazi, and you’ll find the same voices again and again, on the Web and on Twitter, giving the president cover while savaging the opposition. And typically doing it with sharper tongues and tighter arguments than the White House itself.
That’s from the National Journal, which calls Dave Weigel a “progressive blogger”. Wonders never cease. And here’s a “Did you know Hitler was a dog lover?” from Matt Bai:
The truth is that Bush was never anything close to the ogre or the imbecile his most fevered detractors insisted he was. Read “Days of Fire,” the excellent and exhaustive book on Bush’s presidency by Peter Baker, my former colleague at the New York Times. Bush comes off there as compassionate and well-intentioned — a man who came into office underprepared and overly reliant on his wily vice president and who found his footing only after making some tragically bad decisions. Baker’s Bush is a flawed character you find yourself rooting for, even as you wince at his judgment.
As I’ve said before, the point about Hitler being a dog lover isn’t that Bush was like Hitler, but that leaders aren’t judged by irrelevant nonsense like whether they tipped well at restaurants or were pleasant to their servants. Does anyone really care that LBJ used to drag McGeorge Bundy into the White House toilet when he took a shit? No, because even though LBJ fucked up Vietnam, he’s got Medicare, the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts on the plus side of the ledger. Bush fucked up Afghanistan, Iraq and the economy. History will judge him as the fool that he is.