I've tried to steer clear of politics since the election. No need for gloating or triumphalism, and I just haven't had too much to say about the transition news, most of which has been pretty inside baseball. But now that the inauguration is imminent, I am starting to get excited. I'm excited to have Obama take office, and I'm excited to be rid of that pathetic failure of a predecessor. I had planned on writing a long vituperative post explicating the evidence that Bush has been the worst president of my lifetime, or perhaps just updating this list from two years ago. But I just don't have the emotional energy for that sort of vitriol just now. I'll let Froomkin say it for me:
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Obama's got his work cut out for him -- there's a lot of damage to the country, the government, and the constitution to be put right.
He took the nation to a war of choice under false pretenses -- and left troops in harm's way on two fields of battle. He embraced torture as an interrogation tactic and turned the world's champion of human dignity into an outlaw nation and international pariah. He watched with detachment as a major American city went under water. He was ostensibly at the helm as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression took hold. He went from being the most popular to the most disappointing president, having squandered a unique opportunity to unite the country and even the world behind a shared agenda after Sept. 11. He set a new precedent for avoiding the general public in favor of screened audiences and seemed to occupy an alternate reality. He took his own political party from seeming permanent majority status to where it is today. And he deliberately politicized the federal government, circumvented the traditional policymaking process, ignored expert advice and suppressed dissent, leaving behind a broken government.
Seriously, how evil were Bush and his cronies? They tried to shut down the Voting Rights division of the Justice Department. Voting Rights. In this day and age. How can you be opposed to voting rights? I do hope there is some accountability for these criminals.
Good riddance, and as Han Solo once said, "I'll see you in Hell."