Calvin Freiburger

Kirsten Powers Tries to Defend Bush Derangement Syndrome with Straw Men, Fails Badly

Posted on August 3 2010 6:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers really doesn’t want to give up on Bush Derangement Syndrome. Here she is on last night’s “Hannity” with a novel defense of the Democrats‘ strategy:

Look, I just reject the premise that we can’t consider what somebody who was president for eight years did. There is a connection between that and what we’re currently experiencing, Sean, and I think if you look back at when Bush was president, actual President Bush, not some Republican senator, frequently brought up the Clinton Administration. He blamed them for North Korea, he blamed them for the economy, he blamed them for 9/11. I mean, you know, the idea that we just pretend like George Bush was never president, I just think is unrealistic.

Needless to say, nobody on the Right is calling for us to pretend Bush was never president. Far be it from me to say Amnesty Dubya’s presidency was a smash hit, and maybe Bush did try to pass the buck on some issues (Powers isn’t specific enough to say for sure), but her examples sure don’t help her case. On the economy, the just-starting-out Bush was blamed for a recession that, whatever its causes, began in March 2001: just two months into his presidency and prior to the enactment of his first-year economic policies (that would be June 2001). On North Korea, Bill Clinton’s State Department failed to deter Kim Jong-il’s nuclear schemes (granted, Bush’s didn’t do much better). And on 9/11, given how Bush was constantly blamed for allowing the attack, it only made sense to set the record straight.

The point is, there’s only so long Barack Obama and his apologists can go without taking responsibility for The One’s actions. It’s been nearly 20 months since Obama took office, the better part of two years. And if we really want to get technical, it’s worth noting that there have been Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress since 2006 – well before Obama came along. Doesn’t the fact that Bush couldn’t do much of anything domestically without Democrat approval tell us something?

As Stephen Hayes points out, the link between Obama and the current economy is clear:

Look at the last month of the 2008 campaign. President Obama spoke about virtually nothing other than the economy. On October 13, 2008, he gave a speech in Toledo in which he basically laid out point by point his stimulus plan. And at that time, in that speech, he warned that basically, if the country didn’t elect him, if Congress didn’t pass his stimulus virtually untouched, we were going to see unemployment as high as eight percent. Well, we went to ten percent. Here we are at nine-and-a-half percent. A lot of economists think we’re gonna go back up to ten percent. And the recovery, to the extent that there was one, seems to be stalling, if not reversing course. So the president implemented his plan, he had both houses of Congress, his policies went in virtually untouched, and the fact of the matter is they just haven’t worked at this point.

Sorry, Kirsten, but the American people aren’t buying it. It’s time for your side to stop “reject[ing] the premise that that we can’t consider what somebody who” is president now does.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

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