Right Said Fred
There’s much to recommend in this Fred Barnes retrospective of the Bush presidency: like the president, Barnes is a political animal who sees Republican victories and defeats of slimy liberals as the measures of success that matter. You could pluck any paragraph and start asking questions about the logic, and I’ll pick this one.
He stood athwart mounting global warming hysteria and yelled, “Stop!” He slowed the movement toward a policy blunder of worldwide impact, providing time for facts to catch up with the dubious claims of alarmists. Thanks in part to Bush, the supposed consensus of scientists on global warming has now collapsed. The skeptics, who point to global cooling over the past decade, are now heard loud and clear. And a rational approach to the* *theory of manmade global warming is possible.
Collapsed! Pay no attention to the 54 percent of Americans who thought global warming had “already begun to happen” in 2001 or the 61 percent who think that now. Policy blunder! Think of the disasters that might have ensued had Democrats tough-loved the auto industry into building more fuel efficient cars in 2001 or 2002, instead of waiting eight years to watch them collapse.
Again, it’s a more useful column than the umpteen coming “how Bush failed” pieces by liberals. But I don’t think Barnes meant it to be.