James Lileks hits it right on the head:
For the last few weeks Iâ€™ve had this gnawing belief that bin Laden got lucky by attacking during Bushâ€™s term. Conventional wisdom says the opposite, because Bush fought back. But heâ€™s the enemy now. I ask my Democrat friends what theyâ€™d rather see happen â€“ Bush reelected and bin Laden caught, or Bush defeated and bin Laden still in the wind. Theyâ€™re all honest: theyâ€™d rather see Bush defeated. (Theyâ€™re quick to insist that theyâ€™d want Kerry to get bin Laden ASAP. Although the details are sketchy.) Of course this doesn’t mean they’re unpatriotic, etc., obligatory disclaimers, et cetera. But let’s be honest. People are coming up with websites that demonstrate ingenious technology for spraying anti-Bush slogans on the sidewalks; it would be nice if they sprayed "DEFEAT TERRORISM" or "STOP AL QAEDA" now and then. Wouldn’t it?
That’s exactly the problem. The Democrats are so focused on this sense of absolutely vicious hatred of Bush that they can’t even recognize the enemy out there decapitating people. The Democrats entire strategy seems based around a hatred of the President and little else. The fact that anyone, especially normally reasonable people, would seriously rather have bin Laden walk free than have George W. Bush reelected speaks volumes.
The partisanship surrounding Bill Clinton was often vitriolic, but it doesn’t hold a candle to this sort of thing. Imagine if Ann Coulter had produced a movie that accused Bill Clinton of committing war crimes in Bosnia and interviewing soldiers who said that they didn’t want to be there. Think she’d be getting the Palme D’Or and getting a standing ovation at Cannes? Somehow I doubt it.
Which of course also raises the point that the excuse that "the Republicans did it too!" is no excuse. Even if one took that to be true, exactly how does that excuse behavior that is even worse? The Democrats seem to be in a race to the bottom, trying to outdo themselves in overheated rhetoric and childish politics. Such games are not only infantile, they’re destructive to the political fabric of this country.
Unless the Democrats can develop a sense of perspective, they don’t deserve to be anywhere near power.
UPDATE: Roger L. Simon adds some thoughts on why he’s supporting Bush:
It’s ironic, really, when you think about it. Back in the day it was the Democrats who were correctly railing against Pinochet who, bad as he was, wasn’t even in Saddam’s league when it came to gassing people and cutting out their tongues. I guess partisan politics is so important to some people that it’s all about which “team” wants the dictator out of office, not the dictator himself. It’s hard to even get your mind around that.