I would never make the ridiculous suggestion that American politics are comparable to Ukrainian politics, but the trials and travails of Viktor Yushchenko following his triumph in the so-called "Orange Revolution" of 2004 (when, you may recall, he survived even poisoning) may offer a window into the souls of Bush’s leftist critics in America.
Anne Applebaum offers an interesting analysis of the source of Mr. Yushchenko’s post-triumphal woes.
The Ukrainian people--accustomed as they are to an omnipotent government and strong-arming government agencies--simply expect too much from their democratically elected leader. To be sure, there is more to Mr. Yushchenko’s relative weakness than the nature of democracy. He is, after all, governing the Ukraine. Enough said.
But Yushchenko’s critics remind me of Bush’s leftist critics in their almost quaint belief in the power and ability of government to "change things" or "get things done." Leftists persist in this mafioso mentality, even as they push to continue the creation of the massive bureaucracy that both frustrates and creates the demand for such slavish behavior. But Heaven forfend that a strong executive use his powers in the service of something truly executive--like conducting war! Shaking down some money out of Congress for my pet project on the other hand? You betcha! Read Applebaum’s piece and see if you don’t find yourself substituting Bush’s name for Yushchenko’s on occasion. The real problem with America’s leftists is not that they are too liberal. True liberalism values liberty and the courage it takes to defend it. These folks are ubsequious kisser-ups to tyranny in all its forms.