Tea Partiers, who are always happy to find a new reason to distance themselves from their support of the failed Bush administration and it's policies, were eager to denounce him following his recent statements that "isolationism, protectionism and nativism" have been seen before in this country and with bad results.
In speaking to a group of young people in Dallas, Bush was asked a question about the future of comprehensive immigration reform. Bush proceeded to talk about the anti-immigrant policies of the 1920s and followed by saying, "my point is that we've been through this kind of period of isolationism, protectionism and nativism...." Bush then stated, "I'm a little concerned that we may be going through the same (type of) period."
Fox commentator, Laura Ingram was quick to characterize Bush's simple (and fairly accurate) historical perspective as an "attack" on "one of the key priorities for many of the Tea Partiers." She also called Bush's comments an "insulting characterization", "ludicrous", as well as stating that "plenty of politicians besides George Bush have maligned those of us who favor the rule of law over granting millions of illegals eventual citizenship and voting rights.... of course most of them were Democrats."
So, the love for Bush is definitely gone from the hearts of those who once held him on their shoulders and helped sweep his disastrous policies into effect with one of the highest approval ratings ever granted to a Commander-in-Chief.
Perspective is one of the best ways to gauge movement or progress... when George W. Bush is compared to Democrats by the very same people who once hailed him as "the greatest President ever", you have a pretty good indication of how radically far to the right the Tea Party pendulum has swung...
.... with no apparent apogee yet in sight.
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