Ever since George W. Bush was declared the winner over Al Gore in 2000, the Bush haters have been on the march. We’ve been reading and hearing their invectives now for eight years blaming Mr. Bush in particular and Republicans in general for every problem, small or large, real or imagined. For example, hurricane Katrina was not a Mother Nature event but due to President Bush’s failure to embrace the Kyoto Compact to reduce emissions everywhere except in China, India and third world countries. He fed terrorism after 9/11 by going to war with terrorists rather than opening a dialogue – and on and on.
With Mr. Bush leaving office on January 20, 2009, we might expect those cheap shots to be tapering off, with his end date in sight. I fear that is not the case, as pundits are rushing to get in their last licks in what I dub the "Blame Bush For Everything" or the BBFE Syndrome. Why just on the last few days in our own Milwaukee Journal Sentinel we find: