JokeLine Concludes Being Authentic Isn't Everything
Joe Klein spent the 2000 and 2004 elections marvelling at the authenticity of George W Bush and decrying how inauthentic Al Gore and John Kerry were. And he concluded that it was the authenticity of Bush that people liked and trusted. And just last year he was still chiding "liberals" for impugning the motives of Bush.
"Every last motive that George W. Bush has isn't a malign one. You know, there are sometimes that the guy acts for what he considers to be the very best and the most moral of reasons. A lot of times I'll disagree with him, like going to war in Iraq, but, you know, I take him at face value in those things."
Evidently he has finally concluded that Bush has some inherent problems not related to authenticity or even based on what one thinks Bush's motives are. In fact, no one needs to care what Bush's motives are as his results are so starkly catastrophic. E&P reports that Klein has finally realized that Bush is a terrible president:
Klein claims, in referring to the president, that he has “tried to be respectful of the man and the office” but now he recognizes that the “defining sins” of his administration “are congenital: they’re part of his personality. They’re not likely to change. And it is increasingly difficult to imagine yet another two years of slow bleed with a leader so clearly unfit to lead.”
One wonders what would have happened if Joe Klein had figured this out at least by 2004 and helped elect someone who was more fit to be President. Perhaps now he'll be willing to sell the idea of impeachment so that we don't bleed to death by the time Bush's regime is over.