He actually said he “fell in love with” George Bush. LOL. That must’ve been some kind of kool-aid they were cooking up down there in the summer of ’99.
“Looking back, Mr. Dowd [former Bush/Cheney ’04 chief campaign strategist] now says his faith in Mr. Bush was misplaced….he expressed his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s leadership…[and] he criticized the president as failing to call the nation to a shared sense of sacrifice at a time of war, failing to reach across the political divide to build consensus and ignoring the will of the people on Iraq. He said he believed the president had not moved aggressively enough to hold anyone accountable for the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and that Mr. Bush still approached governing with a “my way or the highway” mentality reinforced by a shrinking circle of trusted aides.”
To those of us who worked hard to get John Kerry elected president in ’04, Dowd’s “confession” that Kerry’s plan for Iraq in ’04 was the right plan was shocking, given what he said in a Frontline interview after the election, regarding Kerry, the Swift Boat Liars, and the truth:
“I think the Swift Boat ads…pointed out something about John Kerry, which is, all this guy’s talking about is his Vietnam record. What does that have to do with the war on terror or Iraq? What does that have to do with my job getting lost? What does that have to do with the price of health care? I think voters at some point in time got sick of all the talk about Vietnam, and they centered that on John Kerry, because he was the one standing up with veterans behind him, saying, “Elect me because I served in Vietnam.” That, I think, was the importance of the Swift Boat, not the allegations they raised, but the fact that they raised an issue that John Kerry was raising himself. And ultimately, whether you were for the Swift Boats or for John Kerry, it was like, why are we talking about this issue?”
Yeah, I wonder. And don’t you love his “whether you were for the Swift Boat Liars” or not, like there was some kind of legitimacy to them and their claims. Let’s not forget that this was indicative of the kind of hateful rhetoric Matt Dowd spewed during the ’04 campaign. You’ll have to forgive me if I find his “remorse” a little less than compelling and a little more than perhaps crocodile tears.
But regardless, his “confession” does represent the first time one of the Bush “inner circle” has broken ranks, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time.
So welcome to the “reality-based community”, Mr. Dowd. Say ten “Hail Mary’s”, fifteen “Our Father’s” and contemplate the thousands dead and the billions wasted thanks to this moron you were “in love with” and helped put in the White House.
Cross posted from AoF