[Also revised.] Now that Obama has been elected and George Bush and his team are on their way out, I won't be delving too deeply into the day-to-day vicissitudes of politics. I'll leave that up to Stephanie Miller, Tweety (Chris Matthews), Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow and the full-time political bloggers (most of whom don't have day jobs).
I have extreme confidence in Obama. He knows what has to be done and how to do it, and I don't worry that the Republicans will try to undermine him (as they're already trying). Obama and his team are smarter than they are and know how to deal with it. Plus, the Radical Right's immoral winner-take-all economic policies have been exposed for the harm that they've caused the American way of life and the prosperity of other countries as well. The American people saw this and voted accordingly. I'm happy about that. I'd been so afraid that the Republicans would be able to snooker the people yet again into voting against their best interests by riling them up about gays and national security.
Need it be repeated that the 9/11 attacks happened on George Bush's watch, while his new administration was pre-occupied with attacking Iraq without provocation. (And then when 9/11 happened, they tried to blame it on Iraq.) People know this now, as much as the Bush Administration lied about it in an attempt to convince the American people otherwise.
I do think (and I'm no historian) that George Bush will go down in history as one of the worst presidents ever, if not the worst.
And Bush talks now about "freeing Iraq" as his legacy. Bullshit. The truth is that women are worse off now than they were under Saddam Hussein (as are gays). The ruling theocratic types are taking the country back in time (just as the theocratic types have tried to do here, and are failing).
George Bush has no positive legacy that I can see. By invading Iraq without provocation, George Bush has spawned new enemies for the U.S. by radicalizing otherwise innocent and perhaps open-minded (and young) people and creating ever more terrorists (generations of them, no less) who would do harm against this country and our allies.