Bush Derangement Syndrome Broadens Its Reach

Former vice-president Dick Cheney is displeased about his former boss’s decision not to pardon Scooter Libby:

Former Vice President Dick Cheney disagreed publicly with his boss just four times in the eight years they served together. Yesterday, however, on the first day after the official end of the Bush administration, Cheney disagreed with George W. Bush once more.
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Asked for his reaction to Bush’s decision Cheney said: “Scooter Libby is one of the most capable and honorable men I’ve ever known. He’s been an outstanding public servant throughout his career. He was the victim of a serious miscarriage of justice, and I strongly believe that he deserved a presidential pardon. Obviously, I disagree with President Bush’s decision.”

Disagreement is one thing. But some of Bush’s supporters are indulging in terrible displays of Bush Derangement Syndrome:

Bush’s decision not to pardon Libby has angered many of the president’s strongest defenders. One Libby sympathizer, a longtime defender of Bush, told friends she was “disgusted” by the president. Another described Bush as “dishonorable” and a third suggested that refusing to pardon Libby was akin to leaving a soldier on the battlefield.  …

Dishonorable? I remember men like John Murtha and Dick Durbin being pilloried for their “anti-Americanism” for questioning the honorability of some American soldiers’ conduct in Iraq and for comparing the Bush administration’s detention and interrogation policies to Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union under Stalin, and Pol Pot’s Cambodia.

Regardless of whether one agrees with Durbin’s and Murtha’s opinions, at least they were honorable enough to stand up before their peers and the public and own their beliefs. Not like former Pres. Bush’s cowardly “supporters” who hide behind anonymity to protect themselves from the unpleasantness that would ensue if the departed president knew their names.

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