Condemning Bush-Hatred

Meanwhile, liberal Jonathan Chait, writing in the Washington Post, points out the folly of those on the left who are beginning to crow over our alleged failure to locate weapons of mass destruction in Iraq:
“The notion that Bush made the whole thing up about weapons of mass destruction has taken root on the left and is creeping ever closer to the liberal mainstream. My fellow liberals who have taken up this line are once again making a disastrous misjudgment.”
The problem, as Chait sees it–correctly, I think–is that many liberals are so blinded by their hatred of President Bush as to have become almost demented:
“Perhaps the most disheartening development of the war — at home, anyway — is the number of liberals who have allowed Bush-hatred to take the place of thinking. Speaking with otherwise perceptive people, I have seen the same intellectual tics come up time and time again: If Bush is for it, I’m against it. If Bush says it, it must be a lie. Their opposition to Bush has made liberals embrace principles — such as the notion that the United States must never fight without U.N. approval except in self-defense — to which the Clinton administration never adhered.”
On the whole, however, I see no sign that large numbers of liberals have recognized that their hatred of the President is causing them to lose touch not only with American voters, but with reality.


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