Thursday, March 12, 2009

Just for the record

For all of those who have been rightly sickened by the faux outrage of Democrats bemoaning Rush Limbaugh hoping that Barack Obama would fail in implementing his policies, here are two more instances where progressives openly wished for President George W. Bush to fail. The first is taken from a 2003 Fox News interview with liberal commentator Ellen Ratner (see video below.)

The second comes from reporting on remarks made to a group of Washington reporters by two Democratic titans, campaign strategist James Carville and Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg. As remembered by Fox News' Bill Sammon, the events played out something like this:

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just minutes before learning of the terrorist attacks on America, Democratic strategist James Carville was hoping for President Bush to fail, telling a group of Washington reporters: "I certainly hope he doesn't succeed."

Carville was joined by Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who seemed encouraged by a survey he had just completed that revealed public misgivings about the newly minted president.

"We rush into these focus groups with these doubts that people have about him, and I'm wanting them to turn against him," Greenberg admitted.

Sammon goes on to recount what happened after reports came in about the first plane hitting the Twin Towers.
Minutes later, as news of the terrorist attacks reached the hotel conference room where the Democrats were having breakfast with the reporters, Carville announced: "Disregard everything we just said! This changes everything!"
As Sammon notes later, the press corps did exactly that, "never reporting [Carville's] or Greenberg's desire for Bush to fail."

As I have noted elsewhere, one of the more confounding traits displayed by Democrats is their eagerness to disregard history - even their own. They willingly ignore the fact that they were the party of slavery and segregation for most of their existence in order to portray themselves as the modern-day guarantors of civil rights. Increasingly, they ignore the ignominious history made by Jimmy Carter, even as they are eager to make the same mistakes under Barack Obama. And they are evidently unable (or more likely, unwilling) to remember statements that they have made a mere four years ago. I suppose that if I were a member of a group that has done so much universal harm for so long, I would as well fervently wish for the gift of forgetfulness.

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