Chait, Jonathan
December 2004
New Republic;12/13/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 24, p50
The article responds to editor Jeffrey Rosen's criticism of an article by Jonathan Chait regarding United States President George W. Bush. No article of mine has received anywhere near as much attention--positive or negative--as the defense of President George W. Bush hatred that I wrote last year ("Mad About You," September 29, 2003). In this space last month, Jeffrey Rosen asked, "Might not [Chait's] decision to wallow in his hatred of Bush run the risk of distorting his judgment?" So Jeff must mean that the fact that I despise Bush as a man has compromised my judgment. But, if my Bush hatred were interfering with my critical faculties, then I would reflexively oppose Bush even when he takes positions that I would normally be expected to support. Yet I unequivocally and repeatedly defended Bush's decision to invade Iraq, the single biggest policy decision of his presidency. Conservative propaganda has created a fantasy president, but this one is named "George W. Bush." If his followers did not revere him so slavishly, and if frank appraisals of his background and personal qualities had not been so marginalized, it would be much easier to accept with equanimity the fact that the leader of the free world is basically the Godfather of the Bush family.


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