What else could happen?

And I’m not just referring to an unexpected trip to the ER a few days shy of my in-laws arrival.  We are witness to incredible events unfolding across the country.

Stacy McCain, hot on the trail in Alaska, reports: “It’s Miller Time, America,” referring to Alaskan (RINO) incumbent Murkowski’s concession to Joe Miller last night.  Read Stacy’s piece at American Spectator, with this gem:

“I asked him, what do you see as your first responsibility as a senator?” Campbell said. “And [Miller] said, to determine if any of the bills in front of me are constitutional.”

I can’t wait to see Miller, Rubio, and Angle in the Senate.  How about you?

In other news, how about California and Wisconsin as battleground states?  Obama and his winning brand of socialism have turned two bastions of liberalism into battleground states?  Read and rejoice, from a liberal pollster, PPP:

We’ll start rolling out our Ohio poll results tomorrow but there’s one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: by a 50-42 margin voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.

Independents hold that view by a 44-37 margin and there are more Democrats who would take Bush back (11%) than there are Republicans who think Obama’s preferable (3%.)

A couple months ago I thought the Pennsylvanias and Missouris and Ohios of the world were the biggest battlegrounds for 2010 but when you see numbers like this it makes you think it’s probably actually the Californias and the Wisconsins and the Washingtons.

No wonder those “Miss Me Yet?” t-shirts were selling like hotcakes in … Martha’s Vineyard

Jennifer Rubin comments:

But the most delicious part of this was the Bush comparison. Obama has, for his entire candidacy and presidency, blamed Bush for practically everything. He has contorted his predecessor’s policy decisions — including downplaying all talk of democracy promotion and reversing a reasonable approach to terrorist prosecutions – in order to be the not-Bush president. But now, the public likes Bush better. Think of that. Recall how reviled — unfairly, very unfairly, I would submit — Bush was at the end of his term. And in a mere 18 months, the public has decided that for all his shortcomings, he was a better president than the guy who is there now.

This tells us several things. First, Obama’s juvenile buck-passing hasn’t and won’t work. The election game plan of threatening the return of Bush isn’t going to fly. Heck, the voters wouldn’t mind having him back! Second, Obama has, to a degree we have not seen in recent years, shied away from acknowledging error. His “out” was always that Bush had messed things up — far worse than we even imagined. Now with Bush-bashing proven to be entirely counterproductive, what will Obama do to deflect blame? And finally, you have to keep faith with the American people. They may get impatient and lose perspective, but they remain exceedingly fair and possess a large reservoir of common sense (e.g., a mosque at Ground Zero is absurd, Bush was a decent man who made tough calls, we shouldn’t dump on loyal allies). It is good to be reminded of that.

It is.  Ed Morrissey posits: 

If Hopenchange continues to disintegrate, the “Miss Me Yet?” bandwagon could be a bona fide fee-vah by November. I never thought we’d be using Bush’s legacy as a weathervane, but there you have it.


The great knock on Bush, of course, was that he was so singularly incompetent that replacing him with anyone would necessarily mean a better economy and progress in the war. Replacing him with a global messiah, though? Big improvements in both areas. And yet, 18 months later, here we are facing a double-dip and ever-rising pessimism about Afghanistan. The “it’s all Bush’s fault” meme will be evergreen on the left, but the more trouble Obama has, the less singular Bush’s incompetence looks, which is bound to mean an uptick in Strange New Respect for Dubya.

It goes beyond that, though.  Bush’s refusal to take O’s bait and defend himself or his Presidency has turned out to be the best thing he could have done.  While it angered many while he was President (please, defend your policies!), W has redefined classy as far as ex-Presidents go.

What a shame the Lightbringer will be a re-cast of Worst President Evah, a Carter 2.0, racing ’round the world in hot pursuit of another Nobel, while blaming Bush for his failed one-term Presidency.  Maybe he and Carter can fly together, no?

Cross-posted at P&P.


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