Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Just What Is Bush Really Like?

I try not to comment on Bush much since there's more than enough people doing that already, but I found this interesting article on Bush and the goings on in his inner circle. The author, Bruce Bartlett, is a conservative commentator that used to be the head honcho at the National Center for Policy Analysis. I understand he got canned from there for being too critical of Bush.

The picture he paints of Bush is a bit different than the impression I've been under. I've always felt, since at least a few months after he was first elected, that Bush isn't much more than a stuffed shirt. Seems to me he doesn't really have strong opinions on political issues but simply defers to advisors in his inner circle and goes along with whatever they say to do. The fact that he supposedly doesn't read newspapers, among other things, reinforces my feelings. I think that's also why he doesn't do well expressing himself and defending "his" policies. He doesn't have strong, well thought out personal feelings on issues so he only responds to questions with answers he's been provided with by staff.

Maybe Bartlett and the writers of the Newsweek article he refers to are right. Or, maybe we're both right and Bush is a mix of the two. Either way, I'll be glad when he's gone. Unfortunately, his successor, whoever it might be, won't likely be much of an improvement, if any improvement at all.
BTW: Interesting blog here that has polls where you can vote for the candidate you feel each party should nominate for their next presidential choice. Polls are on the right as you scroll down. Thanks to James Wilson's Independent Country blog for the heads up. James screwed his blog up by trying to change the template and looks like he screwed it up big time. I think he needs to start over again at this point


At 10:50 AM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

I think you need to revisit the link on the Bruce Bartlett article. I think you are trying to go to http://www.townhall.com/opinion/contributors/brucebartlett/archive/2005/ but the link taked us to a microsoft sales site. The problem may be with blogger.

In any event the article is a good one and probably very accurate. The Lord Acton cliche comes to mind.

At 11:36 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

"No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person's enemies say about him".
Napolean Hill:Law of success, 21st century edition, pg 348.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Thanks Leo. I think it must be blogspot as I just clicked on it and got a Page No Found message. The url is right. It goes to Human Events Online, which is where it was supposed to go to. Just went back to the site of the original link.

Nice quote, Nick.

At 5:59 PM, Blogger ΛΕΟΝΙΔΑΣ said...

The Leonidas begs to dissagree with Nick and (Napoleon Hill). Men can ALWAYS be judged by the identity and reputation of their enemies.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Yes, they can be judged by their enemys, but that doesn't mean that judgement is accurate. It's always a matter of personal opinion, which is a can of worms, in and of itself.

At 7:10 AM, Blogger Nick Bravo said...

leonidas, care to expand on your comment?

At 6:17 PM, Blogger James Leroy Wilson said...

Actually, Independent Country looks fine on my screen. What is the problem?

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Well, the blogger banner at the top covers a bit of the title of you latest post, but that's no big deal. But all of the other stuff that's supposed to be on the sides and top, like links and ads, are all down at the bottom. At least that's what they look like in my browser.

I thought your comments weren't working, either, but maybe that was blogspot since they seem to be working now.

Also, the plain white background seems a bit dull to me. I think someone else made a comment to that effect as well. But, that's a matter of personal taste, I suppose.


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