A friend of mine has a theory about why
President Bush is doing so poorly as our president. This
friend of mine, who shall remain nameless because I don’t
know if he would want public attribution for this, has, like
me, generally voted Republican off and on over the years--he
maybe a little more than I.
But he voiced this theory to me several
weeks ago, and I haven’t heard any of the other political
talking head pundits postulate it, but the more I’ve thought
about it, the more likely it seems.
My original thinking friend says that
when Bush decided to run for governor, he simply was mad at
Ann Richards for making fun of his daddy at the Democratic
convention and since he hadn’t done anything really
outstanding with his life (heading up the baseball team was
only a title bestowed on him by some of his father’s friends
to round up investors), he decided to run for governor.
He ran, and since Texas had started
leaning more and more to Republic ism, lo and behold, he
Then, he discovered that he had to run
the state. Not much because the governor of Texas is largely
a ceremonial job. The most important power the governor of
Texas wields is the power to not govern i.e., the power to
But soon after Bush was sworn in, he
found someone with a vision to run the state for
him---Democrat Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.
Bullock held the comptroller’s office
from 1975–1991, then replaced Bill Hobby as Lt. Gov. under
Anne Richards, continuing during Bush’s governorship.
Bullock was well known for his
bi-partisanship and had been known to tell the Senators at
the beginning of a session to “leave their politics at the
I personally have known several people
who worked very closely with Bullock and they say that he
was the best administrator they had every seen, drunk or
So Bob Bullock stepped into the void that
would have been George Bush’s tenure as governor of Texas,
and tried to teach Bush the value of bi-partisanship,
especially as it relates to someone helping him out.
In an effort we can only now guess was
directed to sending Bush on down the road, Bullock
unofficially endorsed Republican Governor George W. Bush’s
presidential campaign even before most people knew he was
So George Bush, with very little
experience running a state, much less a country, is being
pushed to run for president, mainly because John McCain was
the only other choice.
The nomination process had been shortened
to the March super primaries, meaning only candidates with
huge fund-raising capabilities around Washington would have
the great advantage. Bush, with Daddy’s name and Texas’
reputation, was the logical standard-bearer.
And Bush was ready. He looked around and
thought, “This running a state is really a piece of cake. I
hate it that my friend Bob is dead, and Rick Perry is now
the Lt. Gov. I’m not sure either of us can run this state.
Think I’ll try running the whole country.
Maybe I can get even with Saddam for making my daddy look
The money was there, the timing was
right, the only problem remained was that by then Bob
Bullock was dead, and there needed to be someone who knew
what they were doing.
Enter Dick Cheney. He looked just like a
Bob Bullock type. He wasn’t but five years older than Bush
but looked much more. He had been daddy’s chief of staff, a
former House member from Wyoming, and even Secretary of
Defense. Just the sort of guy you would like to have on your
side in case you wanted to start a little shooting war or
something. He was currently serving as CEO of Halliburton, a
company which would greatly benefit from higher energy
So Cheney was drafted to serve as vice
president. The only problem was....and this is what is wrong
with George Bush’s presidency....Dick Cheney was no Bob
The more I’ve thought of my friend’s
theory, the more I believe he is right. Cooler heads
believed that Cheney could run the country for George Bush;
they just didn’t realize that he couldn’t run it well.
Not to let George off too easily, but I
believe all the sins of Bush’s presidency can be laid
directly at Cheney’s doorstep--extreme secretiveness,
war-mongering, lying, partisanship, the acceptance of
torture, denial of constitutional rights, the neglect and
even repudiation of constitutional government by his refusal
to allow the Executive branch to be held accountable to
congressional scrutiny or judicial oversight, and the
inattention to secure borders and national sovereignty.
Yep, Dick Cheney is no Bob Bullock.