An utter failure in domestic policy, an antagonizer of nations abroad, and a man whose presidential actions show very little but contempt for the wide majority of Americans whom he was selected to lead. George W. Bush should never have been president at all. So not only is he not worth voting for, he is very much actively worth voting against.
I believe that this president has squandered a tremendous opportunity for himself, his party and his nation. With approval ratings mired in the high forties to low fifties after the first year of an undistinguished administration, George W. Bush was handed an opportunity for greatness and blew it. Historians will remember his megaphone speech atop a heap of smoking rubble in Manhattan as the high point of his presidency; it was all downhill from there. In those early days after 9-11, George Bush held the American people and much of the world in the palm of his hand. He not only had a new focal point for a stagnant presidency, he also had a priceless chance to unite the American people, an opportunity to strengthen old alliances and forge new ones, and a virtual mandate to reshape America’s foreign policy vis-a-vis the Islamic world. He failed in the worst ways imaginable.
I note that early voting is open until 8 p.m. tonight, at least locally.