GOP "outrage" over
George W. Bush's
misrule is little more
than a photo-op for
its 2008 presidential
The American Spark
Republican Presidential Candidates Offer Nothing New To Enraged
By Cliff Montgomery - Oct. 15th, 2007
It has become increasingly clear that Republican Party "outrage" over George W. Bush's misrule is little more
than a photo-op for its 2008 presidential hopefuls.
Though the contenders publicly complain about Bush's policies in the hope of distancing themselves from an
increasingly unpopular president, the truth is that not one candidate offers a true break with most White House
Take for instance the eagerness with which the GOP candidates embraced Bush's recent veto of an
expanded health insurance program for children. And though they sometimes serve up harsh language when
discussing Bush’s mishandling of the Iraq mess, not one of the major Republican contenders has given the
American public a coherent plan which would change the current strategy.
So all this talk about a Republican 'change of course' is a GOP display long on style, but short on substance.
There appears to be only two Republican presidential candidates who, at first glance, offer anything remotely
new to voters: Rudolph Giuliani and Ron Paul. Both are long on style, but offer only slight change from the last
six and a half years.
It appears that Giuliani really is what candidate George W. Bush only pretended to be in 2000--a
"compassionate conservative." But his socially liberal stance on personal issues--such as gay rights and guns--
only really matter to fringe, single-issue voters still fighting a so-called 'social war' must Americans have ceased
to discuss. When it comes to the meat-and-potatoes issues--Iraq, health care, spiraling deficits, the
destruction of civil liberties and the exportation of better-paying American jobs--he sounds no different than
George W. Bush.
Ron Paul does offer a more passionate rhetorical change from some Bush policies, but rhetoric and reality are
two different things. A man who seems to hint that if he had been in the White House during Hurricane
Katrina, he would have provided even less aid to his fellow Americans than that eventually offered by George
W. Bush, has given up all realistic political--and moral--hope of sitting in the Oval Office.
And an added note to both Ron Paul and his increasingly fanatical followers: It simply is not consistent to
proclaim government to be an innate evil while seeking to rule a government. Arguing that, "Government is by
its nature incompetent and an oppressor, and that's why our career politician is the perfect man to rule it," is
not a valid argument.
To be fair, the rather gutless Democratic majority in Congress now is rightly reeling from its own lack of
popularity with the U.S. voter. But one suspects that if the Republican presidential candidates cannot offer
something substantially new to an increasingly enraged American populace, 2008 will be a very long election
year for the GOP.
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