“This is the stupidest American administration in history,” says an old British diplomat, sotto voce. “Stupider than the Nixon crowd?” someone asked. “Stupider than the Carter administration?” asked another voice.
“I’ve worked with them all. This is by far the dumbest bunch ever in Washington.”
Stupidity in Washington must hard to measure. As in the sewers of the nation’s capital, there is plenty of awful stuff floating around, but it doesn’t stay in one place long enough to size it up accurately; instead, it ebbs and flows.
Poor George W. has grabbed a-hold of a-something and he can’t let go of it. Everywhere he goes, people point and whisper – there’s the idiot that got us into Iraq. Even if his team had a good idea or two – not that we’ve heard any – on any other issues, the Iraq war gets in the way.
Bush’s popularity has fallen to a level not seen since 1979. Then, Jimmy Carter was the unpopular president. Now, Carter has some choice words for Bush 43:
“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history,” Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper’s Saturday editions. “The overt reversal of America’s basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me.”
In retrospect, Carter was not so bad. He got us into no disastrous wars. He launched no major, costly programs that we can remember. He did his job…and left when his time was up.
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