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April 17, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

THE REPUBLICAN JIMMY CARTER....Dick Morris:

Bush has truly become the Republican equivalent of President Jimmy Carter, out of control, dropping in popularity, unable to resume command.... Yet Bush, like his father, fails to invent issues to give his presidency a new lease on life. Is he too tired or lazy to do so?

So what's the first fresh new idea Morris proposes for Bush? "Really focus on energy issues," he says, apparently oblivious to the fact that not only is this an old idea, it's an old idea originally popularized by....Jimmy Carter.

At least it's a good idea, though, unlike his bizarre proposal to "put the drug fight front and center." That one is both old and tired.

But that's really no surprise since Morris's comparison of Bush to Carter is itself an old idea. You can read the original and much better version of the Bush-Carter comparison here.

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Uhhhh....no, he's gonna go wacko and invade Iran, duh.

Posted by: Justin on April 17, 2006 at 10:10 PM | PERMALINK

THE REPUBLICAN JIMMY CARTER

Wrong Kevin. Here's one difference. When Jimmy Carter left office, the Ayatollahs were still in power. When George W Bush leaves office, the Ayatollahs will no longer be in power because Bush will do whatever it takes to liberate Iran even if that means using tactical nuclear weapons.

Posted by: Al on April 17, 2006 at 10:16 PM | PERMALINK

I would be proud to live in a Carter built home. I would literally be scared to death to live under a roof that Bush hammered together.

Letterman's Top Ten thoughts going through George Bush's head as he tried to use a hammer.

Posted by: jerry on April 17, 2006 at 10:16 PM | PERMALINK

How dare you question Dick Morris, who has so ably served our Leader, the one who spreads freedom? You godless hating Liberals. Jimmy Carter secretly hated America in his weak Christian heart. So God crashed the helicopters in the desert. Perhaps you weak ones cannot see into a free heart. You would send us all back to weakness, you weak liberals.

History will prove that G.W. Bush was a seer of galactic magnitude, and only a man with God in his heart and God in his eyes can see that. The weak cannot see that. Jimmy Carter was weak. Dick Morris overcame his carnal weakness and became strong. He is too good for you, you weak fools.

Posted by: Free Lover of Freedom and Free Liberty on April 17, 2006 at 10:18 PM | PERMALINK

He's not giving Bush credit for seizing the steroids in baseball issue - truly visionary and inspiring leadership

Posted by: Andy on April 17, 2006 at 10:21 PM | PERMALINK

Yet another potential Carter/Bush similarity...both will have disastrous efforts in Iran blow up in their respective faces...

Posted by: An Interested Party on April 17, 2006 at 10:29 PM | PERMALINK

I like the drug war part. We need more of that sort of thing ("tax incentives for workplace testing").

Posted by: Quiddity on April 17, 2006 at 10:29 PM | PERMALINK

At least it's a good idea, though, unlike his bizarre proposal to "put the drug fight front and center."

Truly bizarre are his new, clearly desperate and deranged twists on the "drug fight":

Demand drug testing in schools with parental consent, and tax incentives for workplace drug testing. Link cocaine to terrorism, and build a national consensus for tough measures to cut demand.

Posted by: has407 on April 17, 2006 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

At least Carter is a great ex-president. Bush will forever be known as the liar-in-chief.

Posted by: cq on April 17, 2006 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

Ironically, Carter really IS from the south, and behaves LESS like an ignorant redneck.

Posted by: Nads on April 17, 2006 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

I'm pretty sure Carter attempted a major shift in drug policy. He wanted to switch to a treatment emphasis. Didn't get very far though.

Posted by: jefff on April 17, 2006 at 10:38 PM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

Were you even alive when Carter was President? I was born during his term, and I remember everyone lambasting his limpness and placidity and the "national malaise." Skyhigh inflation and interest rates! Sky high gas prices. An Economic basketcase.

And you think Bush is in his league? Woo boy, you really are blinded by Bush hatred.

Posted by: egbert on April 17, 2006 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

Among the ways Jimmy Carter and George Bush are NOT alike.

1) Jimmy Carter was a Christian.
2) Jimmy Carter was a smart man
3) Jimmy Carter served in the military
4) Jimmy Carter was viewed as a "weak" leader
5) Jimmy Carter was not incompetent
6) Jimmy Carter was right about energy
7) Jimmy Carter has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by: PTate in MN on April 17, 2006 at 10:43 PM | PERMALINK

Al: When Jimmy Carter left office, the Ayatollahs were still in power. When George W Bush leaves office, the Ayatollahs will no longer be in power because Bush will do whatever it takes to liberate Iran even if that means using tactical nuclear weapons.

Shorter Al: when Carter left office the planet wasn't a pile of radioactive rubble.

Hey, Trum fired MacArthur's ass over this sort of question. Now it's up to the generals. "Uh, sorry sir, but the weapon failed to launch". I say build a statue of the soldier who does that.

Posted by: alex on April 17, 2006 at 10:44 PM | PERMALINK

This is a ridiculous post.

Carter did not invite the foreign policy disaster that felled his presidency.

Bush knowingly jumped into a swamp. And lied about it as well.

In other respects the two personalities could not be any more different.

Posted by: lib on April 17, 2006 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Al:

Bush had to nuke Iran to liberate it.

Al, you're bat shit insane, buddy.

Posted by: WyldPirate on April 17, 2006 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

Morris's column is also the epitome of cynical campaign politics... "We've failed at promoting our agenda. We have nothing to offer in the way of solutions to current problems. Gee... What can we invent as a campaign issue?" I wonder what Taranto thinks of that?

Posted by: has407 on April 17, 2006 at 10:57 PM | PERMALINK

egbert: Ah, Kevin. Were you even alive when Carter was President?

Kevin Drum is 47. Do the math. You vote Republican? Oh, never mind.

Posted by: alex on April 17, 2006 at 11:03 PM | PERMALINK

Read My Lips...I am not a 'Visionless' 'Wimp'.

Hell Far and piss vingar, whut ol Bush should do is like Carter did n let his brother Neil hang Around for a Bit, Ya know Git drunk, pee on things be rude and obnoxious, maybe let neil swindle a few banks, or go to china meebe? Get some more o dem Veneral Dizeezes so's the Damm Bloggers miten hab sumpin
to chatter bout..hell the serta sheepers will forgit bout duhbya in bout 3 days once neil shows up drunk,,maybe we neil will get in a bar fight, set up ya know, Colmes,,Yeh He could get in a knok down fite with dat sissy liberal Culmes n whooop him, I hope, but that sissy Liberal gots to start the fite, so Colmes will be drunk n grab Neils Chinese Hos Ass, Neil, being a Noble Bushie, will fight fer da poor hooker,see? Now Rover I speckt yew git yer ass tah werk n make dis sheeaht hunt.

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 17, 2006 at 11:12 PM | PERMALINK

If Morris is a supporter of Bush, the President does not need any haters.

Bush is one of the greatest Presidents, if not the greatest, of the last hundred years. He has once again projected the image of America as a strong nation, resolute in action and generous in spirit.

Carter had made us the laughing stock of the world. If ypu think about it deep enough, you will find that the genesis of 9/11 lies in the Carter Presidency.

Posted by: tbrosz on April 17, 2006 at 11:12 PM | PERMALINK

Yet Bush, like his father, fails to invent issues to give his presidency a new lease on life.

He invented a damn war, what more does Dick Morris want?

Posted by: dr sardonicus on April 17, 2006 at 11:17 PM | PERMALINK

Al: When Jimmy Carter left office, the Ayatollahs were still in power. When George W Bush leaves office, the Ayatollahs will no longer be in power because Bush will do whatever it takes to liberate Iran even if that means using tactical nuclear weapons.
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Al git yer damm dick out of the peanut butte jar because your feckin nuts.
The Ayatollahs were still in Power after the British left as well..and after The Russians left Afghanistan, and now Afghan is falling back into what it was before, No Real Liberation there. The Opium crop of 2004 in Afghanistan was Bumper. The Golden Crescent pumps about 500 billion into the Economy a Year. Liberated?

Yeh Sure Al Sure.

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 17, 2006 at 11:23 PM | PERMALINK

But that's really no surprise since Morris's comparison of Bush to Carter is itself an old idea. You can read the original and much better version of the Bush-Carter comparison here.

This is a much overdone theme. Truman or LBJ would probably be closer comparisons for W. The big difference between Carter and Bush is that the latter won reelection. I think this give the president a certain degree of calm. The big monkey on his back -- "avenging" the family honor by winning reelection -- occurred 18 months ago. I honestly think Bush is relatively serene because of this major accomplishment -- and feels history will vindicate him.

Also, it must be said that it's a tad too early to write Bush off in any event. Second terms are always trying. Remember Reagan's second term? There was talk of impeachment in '87 over Iran-Contra. That was a major scandal with constitutional implications -- and Reagan faced a Democratic Congress. Ronald Reagan was recently voted "most beloved American" -- beating out such living and dead luminaries as Oprah and Elvis.

Finally, it must be said that if nothing else, Bush's America is at least prosperous, unlike the increasingly poor and economically disfunctional country that was Jimmy Carter's America.

Posted by: P.B. Almeida on April 17, 2006 at 11:30 PM | PERMALINK

Carter: 1 term, rejected by voters when he ran for 2nd term.

Carter: Paralyzed into inaction during the 444 day hostage crisis.

Carter: Malaise

Carter: Gave away the Panama Canal

Carter: Democratic hero

Carter: sat next to Michael Moore at Democratic Party convention, 2004

Posted by: Frequency Kenneth on April 17, 2006 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

Bush is one of the greatest Presidents, if not the greatest, of the last hundred years. He has once again projected the image of America as a strong nation, resolute in action and generous in spirit.
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And then you woke up right?

What is great Taxes? Wars? Defecit? Gas Prices? Foreign Policy? Corruption? Billions missing in Iraq? No Body armor for the Troops? Wolfowitz as Mcnamara? War Profiteering such as Custer Battles? Mercenaries shooting indicriminately at people in cars [Aegis]? Thousands of Americans sons Dead for a Noble Lie? Thousands more Dead that never knew what hit them dissapearing into a mist of red? Larger Government? Corrupt Lobbyists? Spys? Leaks for Political Gain? The Port Deals? The FEMA screwup? Safavian? 7 Lawmakers of the GOP going to Jail? Shill Reporters such as Gannon? warrantless taps? Clearing brush?
Falling off Bicycles? Eating Pretzels? Riding a Segway?

I'm Sorry, but I can see no Good in Bush, The reason things are going bad for him is because of his own actions, not those of the Democrats or the Bush Haters as you call them. Bush has sunk Bush, Cheney has Sunk Cheney.
History will not be kind to these Cercopes.

Nobody,..but nobody, likes a liar. Even more so if he's incompetent.

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 17, 2006 at 11:34 PM | PERMALINK

egbert writes:

Were you even alive when Carter was President? I was born during his term, and I remember [...]

At most, then, you would have been four years old when he left office. And, by the evidence, you haven't aged a day since then.

Go sit in the corner, doofus.

Posted by: pk on April 17, 2006 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK

Jimmy Carter?!? bush is more like a combination of Nixon and LBJ with a splash of Reagan's ignorance is bliss political rhetoric. I think the weirdest thing about W. is that no one compares his administration to his father's presidency.

Posted by: D. on April 17, 2006 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

Morris wants a "guest" worker program with a "path to citizenship." They wouldn't be "guests" then, would they? He's also bought the Karl Rove line that there's a "Latino" vote.

Related: "Dick Morris' idiotic thoughts on immigration". He wants us to capitulate to what foreign citizens want in order to appease Mexico's voters and convince them to not vote for AMLO. Of course, if AMLO wins then we'll have millions more illegal aliens here who could be agitated by an even more hostile Mexican government.

Bipartisan advice: ignore Dick Morris.

Posted by: TLB on April 17, 2006 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

Carter: killer rabbit

Posted by: MountainDan on April 17, 2006 at 11:40 PM | PERMALINK

The stupider the Republican president, the more delirious the cultists worship him. It's a weird tic these middle-aged white guys have, finding the dumbest guy in the room and pretending he's the savior.

Posted by: walt on April 17, 2006 at 11:41 PM | PERMALINK

Carter: 1 term, rejected by voters when he ran for 2nd term. [same With Bush Sr.]

Carter: Paralyzed into inaction during the 444 day hostage crisis. [Read that Goat Book Yet?]

Carter: Malaise [George Says Golf Golf Golf, and clear brush while country at 'War']

Carter: Gave away the Panama Canal [Bush Gave away the Government to the Military Industrial Liberals]

Carter: Democratic hero [Bush jr. didn't finish the Contract he signed with America. He is a quitter]

Carter: sat next to Michael Moore at Democratic Party convention, 2004 [Prescott Bush sat Next to Hitler]

PAST HISTORY

PAST HISTORY

PAST HISTORY
So what are you Gonna Do HG Welles? pop into your time machine? Bush is the Moron is charge NOW, not THEN. Hell Far Man Sheeaht.

Posted by: one eye buck tooth [X^B on April 17, 2006 at 11:42 PM | PERMALINK

Greatest president of the last hundred years. So tbrosz honestly thinks that George Bush is a greater president than Franklin Roosevelt. Man, you really had built up some serious credibility with me at least then you go and so as intellectually idiotic a thing as that and *poof* there goes your credibility.

If our country does not engage in a serious course correction in the next 10 years, then George Bush will go down as the man who brought about the fall of the modern American hegemony. Anyone who does not appreciate this is not worth talking to (I'd go so far as "does not deserve to breathe" but it's Patriot's Day and I'm in a forgiving mood) no matter how many characters he or she types into weblog message boards.

Posted by: reader on April 17, 2006 at 11:42 PM | PERMALINK

Carter was not popular even among his fellow Democrats.

Teddy Kennedy challenged Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980, which badly damaged Peanut Man.

Posted by: Indian Giver on April 17, 2006 at 11:43 PM | PERMALINK

tbrosz: "If ypu think about it deep enough, you will find that the genesis of 9/11 lies in the Carter Presidency.

Absolutely right. It was obvious back in 1977 that Americans needed to stop our dependence on middle eastern oil. Carter tried to change America's gas guzzling ways and negotiated the Camp David peace accord between Eygpt and Israel, but instead of going, "Like, Wow, the man is so RIGHT!" a majority of Americans--the frogs in simmering pot--preferred denial and the bad conservative policy that was Reagan's morning.

Had we stopped f**king with the ME during the Reagan 1980s rather than striking deals with Saddam Hussein in Iraq, maybe we would not have had Gulf War I. Maybe the US would not have felt the need to station troops in Saudi Arabia. Maybe the terrorists would not have grown to hate us and maybe they would never have lashed out at us.

The damage is done now though. All that remains is to clear up the debris left over after the destructive conservative binge that has been the Reagan/Bush years.

Posted by: PTate in MN on April 17, 2006 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

BUSH: Not particularly useful in an insurgency

Posted by: IOKIYAR on April 18, 2006 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

Just in - Iranian strongman Mohammed Mossadegh has refused to let the inspectors in. Despite this unelected leader's lack of democratic credentials, he holds an iron, terrifying grip on the nation of Iran. British Intelligence has learned that he has been seeking programs of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

We can't let the smoking gun be a Soviet Flag fying over the American Embassy in Teheran.

Posted by: Judy Miller on April 18, 2006 at 12:17 AM | PERMALINK

Well, well, well.....as long as we are posting presidential rsums here is our Dear Leader's: AND all of this was BEFORE he began his historic term as the Liar in Chief.


December, 1966: Bush, after having "a few beers," stole a Christmas wreath from a hotel in New Haven Connecticut. Arrested for disorderly conduct.

1967: Bush is arrested for disorderly conduct when he storms onto the Princeton University football field, climbs onto the field goal crossbar, and tries to break off a piece as a souvenir.

November 8, 1967: Bush defends the use of a red-hot coat hanger to brand pledges in The New York Times, claiming it is defensible because the resulting wound is equivalent to "only a cigarette burn." Before branding pledges, Bush would show them a full-sized branding iron to frighten them. His fraternity is fined $1000.

Late 1960's: After gaining entrance as a "legacy student," Bush maintains a low C average at Yale, the bare minimum to graduate. In his freshman year, he was in the 21st percentile of his class. While at Yale, says he cannot wait to leave the school, and hates its "intellectual snobbery."

Late 1960's: Bush admonishes a Yale schoolmate for admitting plan to avoid serving in Vietnam; calls him "irresponsible."

May 27, 1968: 12 days before his student deferment expires, George W. Bush applies to join the Texas National Guard. Despite a waiting list of 18 months, Bush is signed in the same day. Bush is assigned to a celebrity sons unit, with sons of two other senators (Bentsen and Towers), sons of oil magnates, and 7 sons of Dallas Cowboys players. He was assigned to pilot duty despite a 25% score (lowest possible for duty), and was commissioned to 2nd Lt. despite lack of qualifications or passage through Officer Candidate School. Is trained to fly an F-102, which is being phased out, guaranteed to never be called into duty in Vietnam.

April 1972: Military institutes drug tests in routine exams, including urinalysis, questions about drugs and "a close examination of the nasal cavities" (for cocaine). Bush is due for this exam by August 1972.

May 1972 to May 1973: Bush leaves NG for Alabama without transfer orders; later requests transfer, which is granted then cancelled; he then applies for transfer to Alabama 187th Tactical Recon group, and is approved--but never shows up.

December 1972: Bush returns to Houston for duty. But in May 1973, Bush's supervising pilots wrote in his annual efficiency report: "Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of the report" (i.e. through April 30, 1972). Later that month, two special orders commanded Bush to appear for active duty. He served 36 days of active duty during May, June and July before leaving the Guard early. Bush's official discharge date was October 1, 1973, but his last day in uniform was July 31, 10 months earlier.

December 1972: Did community service for Project P.U.L.L., an inner city Houston program for troubled youths; this is completely out of character for Bush at the time. Reports suggest that he was arrested for drunk driving or cocaine use in Houston, and the community service was quietly arranged.

1973: Bush applies for entrance into University of Texas law school, and is rejected. Harvard Business School apparently had lower standards than UT, as it accepted Bush. Bush graduates from Harvard with an MBA in 1975.

September 4, 1976, a state trooper saw Bush's car swerve onto the shoulder, then back onto the road. Bush failed a road sobriety test and blew a .10 blood alcohol, plead guilty, and was fined and had his driver's license suspended. Bush had drunk "several beers" at a local bar before the arrest. His underage sister was in the car when he was driving drunk.

Bush got a court hearing to get his driving suspension lifted early, even though he had not completed a required driver rehabilitation course. He told the hearings officer that he drank only once a month, and just had "an occasional beer." The officer granted his request. But Bush continued drinking for 8 years after that date and has said publicly that he drank too much and had a drinking problem during that time. Dick Cheney, incidentally, has been arrested twice for drunk driving, in 1962 and 1963.

Follow-up:

November 21, 1999: On 'Meet The Press', Tim Russert asks Bush about information about his past coming out; Bush replies, "If someone was willing to go public with information that was damaging, you'd have heard about it by now. You've had heard about it now." This was a direct lie, as his DUI arrest had not been reported publicly.

November 3, 2000: "Just after the governor's reelection in 1998, [Dallas Morning News reporter Wayne] Slater pressed Bush about whether he had ever been arrested. 'He said, 'After 1968? No.'" This was a direct lie, as he was arrested for drunk driving in 1976.

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Late 1970's to 1980's: Founded Arbusto Oil Company with $20,000 of his own money and $4.7 million from 50 or so investors, mainly family friends. Arbusto fails and is bought by Spectrum 7, owned by Reagan/Bush supporters, in Sept. 1984, which appoints Bush as president. Later, Spectrum 7 also fails, and is bought by Harken, which assigns Bush to board of directors. After Bush joins Harken, it receives $25 million stock offering from bank with CIA ties and which was a top Bush Sr. contributor, a lucrative exclusive contract with Bahrain, and a board member is invited to White House policy meetings with George Bush, Sr.

April, 1986: Bush confronts Wall Street Journal editor Al Hunt in a Mexican diner in Dallas, in front of Hunt's wife and his four-yeaer-old son, saying, "You fucking son of a bitch. I saw what you wrote. We're not going to forget this." Bush was apparently both drunk and upset that Hunt had predicted that Jack Kemp would be the Republican Party nominee instead of his father.

1989-1990: Bush borrows $180,375 from Harken, which later forgave $341,000 in loans to "unnamed" executives; in other words, the executives were allowed to walk off with said money.

May, 1990: Bush Sr. has access to State Department memo warning of possible oil price drops due to Iraq's possible actions. Harken's internal financial advisers at Smith Barney issue a report warning that the company is in financial trouble. Bush Jr. has potential access to the first bit of information, and absolute access to the second.

June, 1990: One month after having access to insider information signalling a drop in the firm's stock value, Bush sold 60% of his stock in Harken Oil for $848,560. 3 months later, Iraq invades Kuwait, sending Harken stock prices down 25%, dropping even more a few months later. SEC, run by his father, fails to investigate.

July 10, 1990: Bush fails to register his sale as an insider trade by deadline; does so in March 1991, far too late. He is not punished.

November 1994: Elected governor of Texas.

March 31, 1995: George and Laura Bush are given new driver's license numbers; Bush's is #000000005. Bush was born on July 6, 1946, and his license was not near expiration. The reason given for the change was "security," but there is no precedent for Texas governors doing this. The change destroyed the records of his previous license, which would have detailed any arrests.

September 1996: Bush called to jury duty, and accepts, saying it is a "feeble excuse" to say he's too busy or important. But he is then assigned to a DUI case, and might be asked under oath if he had ever been arrested for drunk driving. Bush asks to be dismissed from jury the night before the trial, and is helped by Alberto R. Gonzales, Bush's legal counsel. Bush later appoints Gonzales to the Texas Supreme Court, and later still to White House counsel. Gonzales is a candidate for a Supreme Court seat if a vacancy arises.

June, 1997: Bush signs law toughening penalties for underage drinkers.

December 31, 1997: Jenna Bush arrested on alcohol charge in Texas. Record is kept confidential as Jenna is 16 at the time, but her name appears in a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission database.

July 20, 1999: Bush named as defendant in case against funeral home operator SCI. After failing to appear for a deposition on July 1, Bush signs affidavit swearing he had no knowledge of a case involving SCI, which donated $45,000 to Bush, in order to avoid involvement in the case. He swore that he had had no conversations with its officials, but later (Aug. 99) admitted to a conversation with an SCI official, claiming that nothing substantive was discussed--a non-issue, as he did not swear to not having "substantive" conversations, but ANY conversations at all. Texas Funeral Service Commission chief testifies that he spoke with Bush on the matter, which Bush also swore in the affidavit that he did not do. Bush's chief of staff also testified that he spoke with Bush on the matter. Bush is shown to have lied under oath, a transgression that Republicans felt was worthy of impeachment.

August 18, 1999: Bush says, "As I understand it, the current FBI form asks the question, 'Did somebody use drugs within the last 7 years?' and I will be glad to answer that question, and the answer is no." This clears Bush up intil 1992.

August 19, 1999: Bush says, "Yesterday, I was asked what I thought was a relevant comment about whether or not I would, should I become the president, have background checks for people who work for me and in the White House, and, if I did, could I pass the standards of the background check. The answer is absolutely. Not only could I pass the background check of the standards applied in today's White House, I could have passed the background check on the standards applied on the most stringent conditions when my dad was president of the United States, a 15-year period." This clears Bush up until 1974, as his father began his presidency in 1989. See Bush's record with community service and with the Texas National Guard just before 1974.

April 27, 2001: Jenna Bush arrested for possession of alcohol as a minor.

May 31, 2001: Jenna and Barbara Bush arrested trying to purchase alcohol as minors. This is Jenna's 3rd arrest, but she avoids the three-strikes law her father signed 4 years earlier.

credit to: blogd.com/bushsrecord.html

Posted by: jcricket on April 18, 2006 at 12:28 AM | PERMALINK

Carter: killer rabbit
Bush: killer pretzel

Posted by: Alf on April 18, 2006 at 12:41 AM | PERMALINK

Soviet flag? Were you just throwing darts at a wall? Or do you use manatees to make posts?

Posted by: Justin on April 18, 2006 at 12:45 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry about misspelling the URL. I have been having a heck of a time with the link. Anyway, I'll keep working on that -but here is a copy and paste of the URL from the address bar:

http://blogd.com/bushrecord.html

Posted by: jcricket on April 18, 2006 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

tbrosz: "If ypu think about it deep enough, you will find that the genesis of 9/11 lies in the Carter Presidency.

I think you need to look a couple of decades further back in history -- around 1952 or 1953 when the CIA engineered the coup of Iran's democratically-elected government.

Posted by: Emma Zahn on April 18, 2006 at 1:38 AM | PERMALINK

Two more differences: Carter is heterosexual, while Bush is gayer than a month of Sundays. Of the two, however, only Bush has hooked up with more than one First Lady.

Posted by: Goran on April 18, 2006 at 2:17 AM | PERMALINK

Would somebody please throw that fucking whoremaster Morris off the roof of the nearest building? What a worthless piece of shit that scumbag has always been.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 18, 2006 at 2:19 AM | PERMALINK

And to think that Dick Morris gets paid good money by Fox News Channel, etc., for for whatever the fuck it is that he has to offer. Nice work if you can get it, fersure.

The finger-wagging "I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky" gaffe aside, the worst day's work Bill Clinton ever did in his entire presidency was to hire this triangulating, toe-sucking bozo as a political advisor.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on April 18, 2006 at 2:41 AM | PERMALINK

egbert: "Ah, Kevin. Were you even alive when Carter was President? I was born during his term, and I remember everyone lambasting his limpness and placidity and the "national malaise." Skyhigh inflation and interest rates! Sky high gas prices. An Economic basketcase. And you think Bush is in his league? ..."

Not only was Kevin alive during Carter's presidency, egbert -- and so was I, for that matter -- but he and I were both old enough to not only remember but also to have actually experienced first-hand that "skyhigh inflation and interest rates!" that you so brethlessly relate in your finest junior high-stunted prose.

To be sure, Jimmy Carter had his limitations as president. But for all our problems back then, the United States was hardly an "economic basket case." Further, Carter was hardly responsible for the onset of double-digit inflation and interest rates, which were fueled by the GOP Nixon administration's economic excesses.

Incidentally, Nixon's economic legacy also brought to an end the presidency of Carter's immediate Republican predecessor, Gerald Ford. You're obviously too young to remember President Ford's 1974 WIN button campaign. Go ask your parents or grandparents or some other learned elder about it, and then come back and tell us all what you found out.

As far as your thinly-veiled opinion of George W. Bush is concerned, I'll agree with you that the man is indeed deserving of a very special presidential classification all his own.

As a matter of fact, the cascade of disasterous events that have occcurred since Dubya was first installed in office by the U.S. Supreme Court's December 2000 judicial fiat has many of us left-wing liberal pinkos actually waxing nostalgic about the good old days of the Richard Nixon's administration -- where at least there was a veneer of administrative competence behind all the political skulduggery and duplicity.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on April 18, 2006 at 3:09 AM | PERMALINK

Was Kevin Drum alive when Carter was in office or does he just have the attention span of a goldfish?

I only ask that because I was in the States in 79 and there was a little thing called the Three Mile Island disaster. For three whole days no one could say whether the entire east coast would become uninhabitable for 250,000 years.

For Drum to go along with corrupt crony capitalists and their evil plans for a police state with associated nuclear energy is criminal.
Just as his Vichy collaboration with the Supreme crime of the invasion of SW Asia was criminal

Drum is no political animal - Drum is a common criminal.

Posted by: professor rat on April 18, 2006 at 3:49 AM | PERMALINK

PB Almeida, astute readers will realized that the presidency is ill-served when the office is occupied by someone whose entire reason for running is to "avenge the family honor." This is, ultimately, why Bush's presidency has been such a wreck-- he made the presidency all about nursing is family and Oedipal grudges all these years, rather than about helping the country. We're reaping the consequences of that, now, and ıt's been pretty pathetic to see a bunch of Bush-supporters who've hitched their wagon to a guy who just took advantage of them to nurse his mental illnesses.

Where you see "serene", the rest of the country sees "aimless" (eg, manic brush-clearing, long vacations, literally fiddling while NOLA drowned and seeking purpose by clinging to self-messianic fantasies regarding Iran).

Posted by: Constantine on April 18, 2006 at 4:17 AM | PERMALINK

'Wrong Kevin. Here's one difference. When Jimmy Carter left office, the Ayatollahs were still in power. When George W Bush leaves office, the Ayatollahs will no longer be in power because Bush will do whatever it takes to liberate Iran even if that means using tactical nuclear weapons.
--Al

Interesting how conservatives use the word, 'liberate', and it's positive connotations, when they mean 'incinerate'. What they really mean, is that genocide is O.K. for a Republican president to commit, but not a foreign leader. No wonder conservatism has been postulated as a form of mental illness.

Actually, Bush has no peer in previous presidents, since America has not had a truly fascist regime until now.

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on April 18, 2006 at 6:01 AM | PERMALINK

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- A defence psychologist testified yesterday at the death-penalty trial of Zacarias Moussaoui that the Sept. 11 conspirator is a paranoid schizophrenic with delusions.

Will Mr. Moussaoui also run for president?

Posted by: slanted tom on April 18, 2006 at 7:16 AM | PERMALINK

Republicans and their press pals always refer to 'malaise' when talking about the Carter admin. When referring to the current Republican rule they ought to be using words like deeply 'diseased', 'disordered' and 'deranged'. But they are too afraid of the megalomaniacal and vengeful Cheney and Rove/Bush to speak the truth.

Posted by: Chrissy on April 18, 2006 at 8:39 AM | PERMALINK

I opt for too lazy. I just wrote on this earlier:

http://cumulativemodel.blogspot.com/2006/04/man-up.html

Posted by: aaron on April 18, 2006 at 8:55 AM | PERMALINK

Bush = An Amoral Jimmy Carter

Posted by: The Joke Is On rdw on April 18, 2006 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

What? Getting steriods out of pro sports, sending a man to Mars, and forestalling the creation of human-animal hybrids not working out?

Posted by: Brian C.B. on April 18, 2006 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

Bush accomplishments:

* Roadmap to Nowhere

* Every Child Left Behind

* Civil war in Iraq

* High gas prices

* Burdensome national debt

* Rising inflation

* Sliding DOW

* Two thousand plus American soldiers dead

* The Middle East in complete turmoil

* A more heavily armed radical Islamic regime in Pakistan

* A radicalized Iran working toward nuke capability

* Hamas in charge of Palestinians

* A nuclear-armed North Korea

* A disasterous disaster response to Katrina

* A disasterous prescription drug plan

The list goes on and on . . .

Posted by: Advocate for God on April 18, 2006 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Who gives a shit what a sleaze ball like Morris thinks about anything? Comparing Bush to Carter is like comparing Hitler to Jesus.

Posted by: Jeff II on April 18, 2006 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

Sliding DOW??

BWHAHAHAHAHA !!

Posted by: Indian Giver on April 18, 2006 at 11:36 AM | PERMALINK

That Morris article is a hoot. First the guy claims that anti-terrorism policies and tax cuts can't energize the Presidency because of their tremendous success. Americans are so caught up in enjoying not dying from terrorist attacks and the fruits of the Bush economy that they've forgotten the source of these bounties.

Except that our soldiers are still dying and being maimed in terrorist attacks, and all but the very wealthy are in a worse economic situation than they were five years ago. Hello! Wake up and smell the opportunity! All Bush needs to do is bring the occupation of Iraq to a successful conclusion and negotiate a bloodless agreement with Iran on the matter of their nuclear capabilities. And then he can solve the problem of our loss of good jobs to outsourcing while we gain a few crappy service jobs that often don't provide health benefits. Not to mention the dearth of American personal savings and the looming nine trillion dollar national deficit. He isn't done with the "old" issues yet!

Our newspaper did a random poll last week on the question of what Bush should do to renew his presidency. Four out of four said, get us out of Iraq! Now I don't think this poll was scientific, and I don't know if the reporter cherry-picked. But I think Americans are starting to notice that elections haven't solved the violence problem in Iraq.

Displaying confiscated bundles of pot and bags of cocaine on the evening news isn't going to distract people from Iraq. And what's really nuts is that Morris thinks the big bad junkies worry the average American more than finding money to pay their health insurance bills.

Morris, broadcasting from Planet Fox, where Willie Horton exits endlessly from the revolving door, and people celebrate their $10 tax savings by buying a pizza while thousands of poor kids are booted out of Head Start programs.

Posted by: cowalker on April 18, 2006 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

Right.

The president with the highest moral character and the president with the lowest moral character.


And black is white.

Posted by: catherineD on April 18, 2006 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

The differences between Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush are really too numerous to mention, but several obvious ones spring to mind:

1. Jimmy Carter completed his military service.

2. Jimmy Carter has written a number of books, whereas there is no particular evidence that George W. Bush has ever read a book.

3. Jimmy Carter was elected President one more time than George W. Bush.

4. Jimmy Carter professes to Christian virtues, and then vigorously practices them. He goes around the world building houses for people who don't have them, working to cure the afflicted (the Guniea worm, a particularly disgusting and debilitating human parasite, has been effectively wiped out due to Mr. Carter's efforts), and monitoring elections for fairness (which works, because he can be trusted). George W. Bush appears to practice has brand of Christianity by ignoring each and every one of Christ's teachings.

Posted by: MLH on April 18, 2006 at 2:05 PM | PERMALINK

Jimmy Carter is an ethical man, moral, a Christian in the true sense of the word. He was a submarine officer in the Navy who prevented a meltdown in a reactor. He was betrayed by the military who sabotaged their own mission to rescue the hostages (Oliver North was a player in this), and by traitor Republican George Bush who had no qualms about negotiating with a foreign power for the hostages, betraying us all for generations by capitulating to terrorists and mullahs and putting the Reagan and Bush administrations in a position where they could be controlled by mullahs with damning proof of their treason. AFter his presidency, Carter did not go and play golf and ride horsies, he went back to helping the American people through housing.

Bushes are Crooks, REpublicans are traitors, liars, and thieves. Simple enough for toe sucker Dick to figure out, because he is one.

Posted by: bigfoot on April 18, 2006 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

I certainly hope that rational people do not buy into the ceaseless Republican propaganda that Carter was a weak President. Im afraid that this is an opinion that Kevin shares to a degree, based upon his past posts about Carter.

OTOH, many people note that Carters response to the hostage crises was measured and successful. Iran was no serious threat to us although we certainly had to free the hostages. I have a hard time blaming Carter for the radicals who took hostages when it was not his policies that hurt Iran. The radicals were just too stupid to realize that.

Carters budgets look very good in retrospect. Deficit spending was down in spite of the fact that the deficit was hardly the problem that it is today, thanks to Reagan and GWB.

He has turned out to be correct regarding the weapon systems he funded vs. those he did not support.

And does anybody doubt that the so-called Reagan recovery would not have occurred under Carter had he been reelected? Only under Carter, we would have had the recovery without the exploding deficits.

Finally, Carter was the first President with the guts to take on the oil companies. The energy crises struck in 1974, prior to Carter. By the time Carter took office, we had experienced skyrocketing oil prices for almost 3 years. He could hardly be expected to turn around that intractable problem in the short term. But his energy solutions certainly look good today. Too bad he was not reelected so that he could have followed up.

Posted by: little ole jim from red country on April 18, 2006 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

Were you even alive when Carter was President? I was born during his term, and I remember...
Posted by: egbert on April 17, 2006 at 10:43 PM

egbert must have been an unusually attentive infant. Perhaps he "remembers" the malaise speech, too? As pd pointed out upthread egbert doesn't appear to have matured much beyond infantile.

Posted by: keith on April 18, 2006 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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