October 18, 2014

I have been gentle with David Frum because he's one of the few Republicans who isn't certifiably insane on the airwaves, but today he wins the Whiny Ass Titty Baby award for not just inventing a slight, but claiming George W. Bush would never, ever have done or said such a thing if circumstances were reversed.

In a discussion about President Obama's recent UN speech; specifically, the remarks he made about Ferguson, Frum took umbrage at Obama's words about how we live in different times than 100 years, 50 years, or even 10 years ago.

In Frum's view, that 10 years ago mention was some kind of slam on George W. Bush. Here is what Obama said:

But we welcome the scrutiny of the world -- because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect, to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and we are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy -- with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and every religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better.

I'm not sure exactly how choosing years on a continuum translates to some kind of criticism of Bush, but as Bill Maher said, I would have preferred for Obama to do it more forcefully than he actually did.

Frum, the author of the Axis of Evil moniker, is just shocked that Obama would say we're different in 2014 than we were in 2004, when elections were stolen in Ohio and we were bombing the hell out of Iraq while simultaneously claiming the mission was accomplished? Why does that shock him?

We are different. We have a right wing that makes Attila the Hun look placid, and a completely dysfunctional political state of affairs at the moment. The only thing better about our politics right now is the fact that Republicans don't control all three houses of Congress.

Geez, David. Grow a thicker skin, please.

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