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The reliably right-wing WSJ complained about criticism of Bush, decrying "the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president" and the "relentless attacks" he has so steadfastly endured:

The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.

Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty -- a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.

Paul Krugman sarcastically examines their alternate universe, writing that:

Yes, George W. Bush's status as the most disliked man ever to occupy the White House shows that America was not worthy of him. And attacks on Bush gave aid and comfort to his enemies -- unlike the firehose of abuse that will be directed against President Obama, which will of course be an expression of true patriotism.

In addition to the inevitable Illinois Project, I'm awaiting the first sighting of a bumper-sticker reading

WAYNE LAPIERRE
IS MY PRESIDENT

which will be the sign of true GOPatriots, because nothing's more All-American than Faux-News-watching, KKK-Kool-Aid-drinking, dittohead wingnuts when they're obsessing over their guns.

Speaking of an alternate universe, James (Focus on the Phallus) Dobson's "Letter from 2012 in Obama's America" is one of the most batshit-crazy rants I've seen in a long time, although he describes it as:

"a picture of the changes that are likely or at least very possible if Senator Obama is elected and the far-Left segments of the Democratic Party gain control of the White House, the Congress, and perhaps then the Supreme Court."

What does Dobson envision? Here's a sampling:

  • Elementary schools now include compulsory training in varieties of gender identity in Grade 1
  • there are hardly any evangelical teachers in public schools any more.
  • The Bible can no longer be freely preached over radio or television stations
  • churches have no freedom to refuse...wedding ceremonies for homosexual couples
  • It is illegal for private citizens to own guns for self-defense
  • people older than 80 have essentially no access to hospitals or surgical procedures
  • Dozens of Bush officials, from the Cabinet level on down, are in jail, and most of them are also bankrupt from legal costs.

I have to admit that the last one doesn't sound too bad, but the rest of it strains creduility when it's not out-and-out fantasy. I haven't read such paranoid delusions since Tim (Left Behind) LaHaye's Mind Siege.

Over at HuffPo, Jim Wallis has a much more conciliatory response to Dobson's screed, although he still offers some pointed criticisms:

It is shocking how thoroughly biblical teachings against slander--misrepresentations that damage another's reputation--are ignored (Ephesians 4:29-31, Colossians 3:8, Titus 3:2).

[...]

This epistle of fear is perhaps the dying gasp of a discredited heterodoxy of conservative religion and conservative politics.

We can only hope.

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