Scott Johnson, at the conservative blog Powerline, confesses to depression:
“I feel utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combines infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity in roughly equal measures. It seems to me that every day he is responsible for assaults on the freedom and well being of the American people. I can’t keep up and I can’t stand to pay attention.
His aim seems to be to reduce us to government dependents. His inattention to rehabilitation of the financial system in lieu of vastly expanding the size and scope of the government is a dead giveaway, as is his lack of concern over the vast destruction of wealth his policies are working (and will continue to work).
Perhaps most depressing to me is the manifestation of his adolescent grandiosity in his stewardship of foreign policy and national security. He doesn’t understand that the government of Iran is intent on acquiring nuclear weapons it can put to evil purposes. He thinks he can sweet-talk them out of achieving this objective….
I am depressed because the president of the United States is a fool who will immiserate us, render us wards of the state and lose us our life and liberty to those who understand what they are about.”
Many on the left certainly got to such a point of despair about President Bush. But for most it didn’t reach a crescendo until after the unnecessary invasion and hapless occupation of Iraq, after the callous incompetence of Katrina, after the use of torture became publicly known, after a whole string of problems. As a result, by late 2005 or 2006, you could find many examples of left-wing frustration of a depth similar to that expressed today by Johnson and other conservatives.
But that was several years into the Bush presidency, after a significant track record had been compiled. The right has attained abject despair less than 60 days into Obama’s 1,460-day first term. In fact, a video leaked from a backroom conservative strategy session documents just how bad things have gotten for our friends and fellow Americans: