Sen. Rand Paul Reminds Us That Even the Cuckoo Clock Is Right Twice A Day

Imagine this—what if there had never been a President George W. Bush, and when Bill Clinton left office he was immediately replaced with Barack Obama. Now imagine Obama had governed from 2000 to 2008 exactly as Bush did–doubling the size of government, doubling the debt, expanding federal entitlements and education, starting the Iraq war–the whole works. To make matters worse, imagine that for a portion of that time, the Democrats actually controlled all three branches of government. Would Republicans have given Obama and his party a free pass in carrying out the exact same agenda as Bush? It’s hard to imagine this being the case, given the grief Bill Clinton got from Republicans, even though his big government agenda was less ambitious than Bush’s. Yet, the last Republican president got very little criticism from his own party for most of his tenure. For conservatives, there was no excuse for this.

— Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, is right that Republicans would have never given a Democratic president a pass on the sort of ineptitude and malfeasance that became the trademark of the Bush administration — but his analogy is wrong in that no Democratic president could ever be as bad as governing as Bush, Cheney et al proved to be.

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