In case you needed a reminder of how fortunate we are to be rid of Team Bush, said Rod Dreher in BeliefNet, former Bush Homeland Security secretary in an upcoming book admits that he was pressured into raising the terrorism threat level in 2004 to help Dubya get reelected. "To be fair, this is being widely denied by the ex-Bushies. Who you gonna believe?"
Certainly not Tom Ridge, said conservative commentator Michelle Malkin in her blog. Ridge himself told The New York Times he "suspected" there was an effort to influence the vote, but had no evidence. So now he's "fudging" to hype his soon-to-be-released book -- "what a weasel."
George W. Bush's "staunchest defenders" will do everything they can to discredit Tom Ridge, said Joe Gandelman in The Moderate Voice, but Ridge's book is bound to be a "real blow" to Bush’s legacy. Historians will sift through the conflicting versions of events. "And the fact Ridge was a rising Republican star and head of Homeland Security will likely mean that the verdict will be: the terror alerts were likely used in some instances as a political tool."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Beware of Splenda: The backlash against artificial sugars
- Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future
- Stop making fun of philosophy and read some philosophy
- How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- How to live a long life, according to science
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
Subscribe to the Week