Comparing and Contrasting
What the Times hated in 2000, it now likes in 2008
By Erick Posted in Archived | Barack Obama | George Bush — Comments (5) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Let us compare and contrast.
Here is the New York Times covering Governor Bush in 2000.
Mr. Bush and his advisers have made clear that one of the litmus tests the person will have passed is that he or she can be utterly faithful to the governor.
Now here is the Times on Senator Obama.
Mr. Obama’s style so far is marked by … his selection of a small group of advisers who have exhibited discipline and loyalty in carrying out his priorities.
It gets better. Keep reading . . .
Publicly acknowledged disagreements? Leaks? These are almost nonexistent in Bush world
Mr. Obama’s style so far is marked by an aversion to leaks and public drama ….
''I feel absolutely free to disagree with him,'' said Karen P. Hughes, the campaign's director of communications. Other advisers said that they, too, spoke their minds around Mr. Bush, but that the vigorous debates behind closed doors stayed there.
He reads widely and encourages alternative views in policy-making discussions, but likes to keep the process crisp. He is personally even-keeled, but can be prickly when small things go wrong.
The joining of delegated authority to accountability is the theme that runs through Bush's ideas about policy, politics and governance.
He delegates many decisions, and virtually all tasks, to a core group that oversees a sprawling, yet centralized operation in his Chicago campaign headquarters
In 2000, the left called Bush inexperienced and highlighted his numerous verbal gaffes.
In 2008, the left has decided that they need their own George Bush to win.
About the only difference I can find between the two based on the New York Times's coverage is Bush's propensity to keep people around too long versus Obama's propensity to throw people under the bus the moment anyone on the right coughs funny.
One almost expects Obama to talk about nu-cue-lar weapons.
H/T to Protein Wisdom