Even Republicans now wonder if Bush is an idiot

Opponents of President George W. Bush have always thought he was a mental lightweight. But now even members of his own party and fellow conservatives say the President is just plain dumb and stupid.

Conservative talk show host, and former Congressman, Joe Scarborough raised the question earlier this week on his MSNB TV show when he asked: “Is Bush an idiot?”  Scarborough followed up the question with video clips of some of Bush’s frequent gaffes and added that the President “seems like he is losing confidence by the day.”

Said Scarborough:

We have those stories and a lot more, but first former pop star Linda Ronstadt, you remember, “You’re no good, you’re no good, baby, you’re no good.  Well, Linda has joined the long list of celebrities and other public figures who berated President Bush for his lack of intelligence. But it is not just singers and movie stars who are suggesting that George Bush’s mental weakness is damaging America’s credibility at home and abroad.

Ronstadt said this earlier:  “The Dixie Chicks said they were embarrassed he was from Texas. I’m embarrassed George Bush is from the United States [The president] is an idiot. He’s enormously incompetent, on both the domestic and international scenes.”

That is, no doubt, a sentiment that is shared in some of the capitals of our friends and foes alike.
Scarborough continued the theme in his column on The Huffington Post, adding:

For the past six years George W. Bush has been the target of ridicule from liberal circles. But now, instead of laughing at Democrats’ ill-directed arrogance, Republicans are quietly joining the left in questioning the President’s intellectual prowess.

The biggest knock on Bush’s brain is his lack of intellectual curiosity. Former administration officials still close to the White House will tell you Mr. Bush detests dissent, embraces a narrow world view and is intellectually incurious.

Worse for this White House is the fact that George W. Bush has daily smackdowns with the English language and the English language usually wins.

His gaffes are funnier than most SNL skits. But more disturbing are his rambling, disjointed press conferences like the one he held earlier this week.

Friends and foes alike agree that George W. Bush is one political figure who gets worse with age. Look back at his performance as Texas governor and you will see a funny, self-assured public figure who inspires confidence. But these days, the mere opening of Mr. Bush’s mouth makes many GOP loyalists shake in their tasseled loafers.

There’s no doubt that many foreign leaders look upon Bush with disdain. Colin Brown, deputy political editor of London’s The Independent, says England’s deputy Prime Minister recently referred to Bush’s leadership as “crap.”

Writes Brown:

John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush’s administration in a single word: crap.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s condemnation of President Bush and his approach to the Middle East could cause a diplomatic row but it will please Labour MPs who are furious about Tony Blair’s backing of the United States over the bombing of Lebanon.

The remark is said to have been made at a private meeting in Mr Prescott’s Whitehall office on Tuesday with Muslim MPs and other Labour MPs with constituencies representing large Muslim communities. Muslim MPs wanted to press home their objections to British foreign policy and discuss ways of improving relations with the Muslim communities.

“It is now increasingly clear that Bush’s status as nonrocket scientist is a serious problem,” says Jonathan Chait, senior editor of The New Republic. “The problem is not his habit — savored by late-night comedians — of stumbling over multisyllabic words. It is his shocking lack of intellectual curiosity.”