- - Monday, November 13, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

That former President George W. Bush would speak out against a sitting president now, and never did so during the Obama era, is indicative of why Donald Trump was elected president in the first place. Today’s Republican-establishment politicians are the latest exemplar of why Washington is so often called a swamp, with self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment making “the people” sound like some sweet, old-fashioned notion.

Meanwhile the GOP sat on their hands (when they weren’t wringing them) as President Obama more than doubled the national debt, threw a U.S. ambassador to the wolves, traded a traitor for five of the most dangerous terrorists we had captive and undid much of the good works of his predecessor.

Mr. Bush may well have had a good idea of what it meant to be president, but he was completely clueless as to how to fight back against a tide of lies and distortions about and of his record. He famously learned from his father’s tenure the importance of spending political capital, but he failed to protect it, as daily deceit made for horrible poll numbers for him and the Republican Party both. All that got us was Mr. Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in control of the U.S. government, with eight years of Chicago-style politicking run amok.

Now it’s no wonder we see a brash, crass, crazy-like-a-fox billionaire as the much-needed pendulum swing away from all of that. How our 43rd president cannot see such an easy political read is beyond the tens of millions of us who supported him during his tenure and voted for and now fully support his Republican successor.

ROB ARNOLD

New York

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