Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Thursday called the Presidency of George W. Bush "a total failure."
True. Bush will go down in history as one of the most corrupt and incompetent Presidents. His seven-and-a-half years in office have been a disaster. Everything he’s touched – from his ill-conceived Iraq war to his administration’s bungling of the economy to its shredding of the Constitution – are textbook cases of disaster.
But history will not be kind to Ms. Pelosi either. As the first woman speaker of the House she has been an equal disaster, a mixture of bumbling inefficiency and corruption that failed to deliver on the promises that swept her and her equally-corrupt party into power in the 2006 mid-term elections.
It was a mistake to trust the daughter of the mob-connected mayor of Baltimore who – like Bush – was as corrupt as they come. Pelosi likes to say she learned politics at her father’s feet. She learned well, selling out her party to special interests just like the Republicans, lying outright about eliminating pork barrel spending and tying the hands of those who wanted to impeach Bush and throw him out of office.
Pelosi and Harry Reid – her co-conspirator in the Senate – failed the voters who trusted them in 2006. Their tenure is as bad and as corrupt as the Republicans they replaced in the leadership offices in the Capitol.
Pelosi exposed her true intentions as soon as she won the Speaker’s job, announcing that impeachment of Bush was "off the table," backing bribe-taking John Murtha as her second in command – and incredibly stupid move that her party rejected – and throwing a big bucks party, inviting every special interest group in town and immediately shaking them down for contributions.
Her saccharine smile masks a vengeful bully who comes down hard on anyone who dares question her imperialistic style.
"Some people think Hillary Clinton is the chief bitch of our party," a Democratic strategist told me recently. "They’re wrong. Nancy Pelosi has that job wrapped up."
If Pelosi had an honest bone in her body she would stand beside Bush and admit that "we both have been a total failure."
The Democrats sold us the snake oil of change in the 2006 mid-term elections. Now they want us to buy into the lie again with Barack Obama.
Sorry, I’m not buying. I know Bush lies. So does Pelosi. So does Reid. Obama joined the liar’s club with his flip flop on campaign finance. His support of the Constitution-gutting USA Patriot Act and his vote to support government spying on Americans while protecting the telecom companies from prosecution tells me his is just another sniveling politician who will do and say anything to win an election and then screw the fools who supported him if he gets elected.
In theory, our elections should offer a chance to pick the best of the best. As usual, we’re left trying to decide on the least-worst of the worst.
Our leaders, as a whole, have been total failures. So is the system that allows them to get elected and remain in office.
Unless we change the system, we will continue to have a government and leaders who fail us.