December 12, 2007

The "Bush Effect" Revisited (Better Hope Santa Doesn't See This List.)

By Mary Lyon

Since we're close to Christmas, 2007, I decided a look back was in order. Most people at this time have made a list to leave for whichever Santa they believe in. My list, below, is a little different, but as long as this is list-making season, well, why not? Besides, now that Campaign 2008 is practically all we hear about in the news anymore, we're also well into the season of reassessing, and (for some) obsessing over, the George W. Bush legacy. My list is a compilation of mostly naughty, hardly what you'd consider nice things Junior has touched, and mishandled. In some cases, it's comical, other cases utterly tragic, some irreparably so, during the last seven years of his life in Washington, DC. It's by NO means complete (feel free to add your own items), but hey, it's filled with people, places, things, groups, and concepts well worth remembering. They will NEVER be quite the same again. So here goes.


The truth

America as we knew it

The Constitution of the United States of America

The Congressional Page Program

The presidency

The moral high ground

The presidential oath of office

An independent press

Accountability in government

Republican Redistricting in Texas

Everyone in Congress who voted for the IWR and the Patriot Act

The Republican Party

The State of the Union speech

The Democratic Party

The Republican Party

The Bible

The Methodist Church

The Southern Baptists

The evangelical movement

The American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, Federalist Society, et al



Executive privilege

The Presidential Daily Brief

George Herbert Walker Bush

The Bush "family franchise" - its "entitlement" to the White House

Going to Rehab

Tom Delay

Bob Ney

Mark Foley

Tom Reynolds

Don Sherwood

"Mean" Jean Schmidt

Dennis Hastert

John Boehner

Mitch McConnell

Jack Abramoff

Roger Ailes

Bill O'Reilly

The "War on Christmas"

Randy "Duke" Cunningham

Conrad Burns

Larry Craig

Men's airport bathrooms

Harold Ford

Bill Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Ed Gillespie

Ari Fleischer

Scott McClellan

Jeff Gannon

Talon News



"Scooter" Libby

Douglas Feith

Harvey Pitt

Brent Scowcroft

Richard Clarke


Colin Powell

Michael Powell

The city of New Orleans

Michael "Brownie" Brown


The Department of Homeland Security

Michael Chertoff

The Houston Astrodome

The World Trade Center

The federal budget

The dollar

American image abroad

The Dixie Chicks

Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and other celebrity "surrender monkeys"

The "Jersey Girls" - 9/11 widows

Toby Keith

Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman's grieving family

Judy Miller

Matt Cooper

Patrick Fitzgerald

The New York Times

The Washington Post

The Los Angeles Times

Bob Woodward

John Kerry

John Edwards

Disney/ABC TV

ClearChannel Communications

Bernie Kerik

Christie Todd Whitman

Sandra Day O'Connor

John G. Roberts

Samuel Alito

Dan Rather

Mary Mapes

CBS News

"60 Minutes"

The Purple Heart

Cindy Sheehan

Nearly four-thousand American soldiers and their grieving families (and that's strictly battlefield death toll - NOT including serious injury, PTSD, and deaths and suicides off the battlefield

Lower Manhattan

New York City in general (and its air quality)

Kennebunkport, Maine

The Hotel Del Coronado

Stem cell research

The Bill of Rights

Harvard's MBA program

Yale University

The history major

Workers' rights

Environmental protections

"Healthy" Forests

"Clear" Skies

"No Child Left Behind"

The elderly

Prescription drugs

Social Security

Valerie Plame

Joseph Wilson

Brewster/Jennings & Associates

Richard Armitage

Helen Thomas

David Gregory

Harry Reid

Nancy Pelosi

The Texas Air National Guard

The Presidential Medal of Freedom

George Tenet

Paul Bremer

Jay Garner

John Poindexter

John Negroponte

John Bolton

The United Nations

The U.N. Security Council

The 9/11 Commission - and its report

The Iraq Study Group - and its report

The swift boat

Legitimate elections

Phil Donahue

The White House Press Corpse

The White House Correspondents Association Dinner

Stephen Colbert

Rich Little

Tom Daschle

Harriet Miers

Terri Schiavo

Michael Schiavo

Arthur Anderson Accounting Firm

Enron - and its thousands of screwed-over employees and stock holders


Jeff Skilling

Andy Fastow



Global Crossing


Habeas Corpus

Ahmed Chalabi


The White House Iraq Group

The National Security Administration

Henry Kissinger

Richard Perle

Donald Rumsfeld

Paul Wolfowitz

Kenneth "Cakewalk" Adelman

Karen Hughes

General Anthony Zinni

General Eric Shinseki

The Museum of Antiquities in Baghdad

The World Bank

Shaha Ali Riza - Wolfowitz's girlfriend

John Ashcroft

David Safavian

Susan Ralston

The theory of Evolution

The separation of church and state

The separation of powers

Max Cleland

John McCain

John McCain's wife and adopted daughter

The Kyoto Accords

The Geneva Conventions

Sibel Edmonds

Private Jessica Lynch

Lynndie England and her boyfriend Charles Graner AND their baby

General Janis Karpinski

British Prime Minister Tony Blair

Retired General Ricardo Sanchez

Vladimir Putin

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard

Hamid Karzai

The resurgent Taliban

Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf

Osama bin Laden (STILL at large)

Waterboarding and other tortures

Retired CIA agent John Kiriakou

Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah

Al Qaeda suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri

Khalid Sheik Mohammed

CIA Director Michael Hayden

Hugo Chavez

Fidel Castro

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad

The Sunnis

The Shiites

The Kurds

The Framework Agreement with North Korea

Katharine Harris

Rick Santorum

George "Macaca" Allen

AIDS funding for Africa

Robert Novak

James Carville

Tucker Carlson

Charles Krauthammer

Peggy Noonan

Joe Scarborough

Rita Cosby

Joie Chen

Dick Morris

Ralph Reed

Paul O'Neill

John O'Neill - the FBI terrorism expert who died in the WTC, NOT the John Kerry-hater

Morale at the Pentagon

The Pentagon building


Bill Kristol

Dick Cheney

David Addington

Michael Ledeen, etc.

Norm Podhoretz

Karl Rove

Austin attorney Harry "Cheney shot me in the face" Whittington

The Republican Majority in the House

The Republican Majority in the Senate

Saddam Hussein

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki

The Morning-After pill

The right to choose

The right to privacy


Bill Frist

Trent Lott

Strom Thurmond

Dennis Deconcini

"Leather Heather" Wilson

Chuck Hagel

Ray Nagin

Mississippi governor Haley Barbour

Lousiana governor Kathleen Blanco

Brazil ("I didn't know you had black people in Brazil")

Jeb Bush


Pox "News" Channel

Rush Limbaugh


James Baker III

Lee Hamilton

Former Gov Thomas Keane

Ken Mehlman

Tommy Thompson

Tom Ridge

Curt Weldon

Bandar "Bush"

Enjoyable flying

Jenna and Barbara

Contradicta Rice

The State Department

The Labor Department

The Transportation Department

The Commerce Department

The Treasury Department

The Interior Department - and every other thoroughly-compromised Cabinet department

Mark McKinnon, "Maverick Media", "Public Strategies Inc."

Peter Wehner - White House Office of Strategic Initiatives

Laura Bush

Jenna and Barbara ("Drunk and Disorderly")

General Peter Pace

General Tommy Franks

General Richard Myers

General John Abizaid

"Freedom fries"

Alberto Gonzales

Dubai Ports World

OUR port security

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (groped in public by Bush)

Howard Dean

Public education in America

The poor

The homeless

Christiane Amanpour

Jim Jeffords

Joe Lieberman

Ned Lamont

Jim Talent

Dick DeVos

The outgoing Clinton Administration ("they trashed Air Force One!")

Elizabeth Dole

Michael Steele

Kenneth Blackwell

The city of Crawford, Texas

The Supreme Court


The English Language

The Texas Air National Guard

Thanksgiving dinner with the troops

Ted Haggard

Dr. James Dobson

"Focus on the Family"

Jerry Falwell

Pat Robertson

Alabama Chief Justice Roy "Ten Commandments" Moore

David Vitter

David Vitter's wife, Wendy

The "D.C. Madam" - Pamela Martin & Associates

Marilyn Musgrave

The Republicans' Congressional Bible Study room

The space shuttle Columbia

The NASA budget (and its integrity)

Millions of children in Africa

Chicken-fried steak

"Fool me once..."

OB-GYNS who are out there sharing "their love" with their patients

"Bring 'em on"

"You're either with us or you're against us"

Old Europe


The office of Faith-Based Initiatives

Stem Cell Research

Ouday and Qusay

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Fired White House chief chef Walter Scheib III

Argentina (Bush twins trash the place)

"Mission Accomplished"

"The Path to 9/11"

Ron Silver


Mountain biking

Paul Wellstone

Richard Gephardt

Paul Hackett

Reliable vote counts


Walden O'Dell, CEO of Diebold

Chris Wallace

Michael Moore

The health of the planet

Michael J. Fox

Alan Keyes

The 2001 anthrax victims

David Kuo ("Tempting Faith")

The Office of Faith-Based Initiatives

The yellow ribbon

The Congressional Black Caucus

Al Gore

Warren Christopher


Checks and balances

Tony Snow

Stephen Cambone

Stephen Hadley

Keith Ellison, D-Minn (new Muslim congressman lambasted for swearing his oath on the Koran instead of the Bible)

Bankruptcy protections

Rupert Murdoch

Paul Weyrich

Ann Coulter

Kate O'Bierne

Mona Charen

Michelle Malkin

Michael Savage Weiner

Glenn Beck

Michael Reagan

Roger Hedgecock

Cal Thomas

George Will

Mary Matalin

William F. Buckley, Jr.

Kelly Wallace

Carol Lin

Maureen Dowd

Thomas L. Friedman

Sean Hannity

Alan Colmes

Bill "TheGambler" Bennett

The conservative movement

Donna Brazile

Mary Beth Cahill

Michael Medved

NPR's Bob Edwards

Wolf Blitzer

Tim Russert

Paula Zahn

Larry King

Chris Matthews

Norah O'Donnell

Fred Barnes

Morton Kondracke

Pat Buchanan

Bill Schneider

Howard Kurtz

Dana Milbank

ABC newsman Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt

ABC newswoman Elizabeth Vargas

Aaron Brown

Katie Couric

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl

CBS reporter Kimberly Dozier, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan

NBC reporter David Bloom

List of all journalists (AND OTHERS) killed in Iraq:

Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis also killed (and not counted)

Nick Berg - and family

Hanging chads

Ralph Nader

Scott Reid, senior strategist to then-Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin - "you got a pretty face"

al-Maliki's short-lived predecessors, Ayad Allawi and Ibrahim al-Jaafari

Jason Leopold and "Truthout"

Air America

Patrick Leahy

Jim Webb

Tim Johnson



Oscar de la Renta

Laura Bush's social secretary (should have made sure all those other women didn't turn up in the same designer duds Milady was wearing)

Gay couples who'd like to marry

Gays in general

The flight suit

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln

Plastic sheeting and duct tape

Queen Elizabeth II

Rachel Paulose, US attorney for Minnesota

Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker

Nancy Nord - acting chair, Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Commission

Rudy "9/11" Giuliani

Judith Nathan Giuliani

New York City's Police Department

Mitt Romney

Mike Huckabee

The Mormon Church

Dana Perino

"Pat" Philbin - Phony FEMA news conference guy

Attorney General Michael Mukasey

Alberto Gonzales

Gonzales's attorney, George J. Terwilliger III of White & Case in Washington

David G. Leitch, a Gonzales friend and general counsel at the Ford Motor Co.

Richard Stickler - Mine Safety and Health Administration

J. Steven Griles - ex #2 at Interior Department (imprisoned for 10 months for lying to Congress in Abramoff scandal)

Daniel Levin - former acting assistant AG (who volunteered for waterboarding to find out whether it was really torture)

Senator Chuck Schumer

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Lt. General Douglas Lute (Pentagon's "war czar")

State Dept.Inspector General Howard J. "Buzzy" Krongard and his brother Alvin

Eric Prince

Blackwater USA

The U.S. International Contract Bridge Team - the Venice Cup Bridge Team - USBF - Jan Martell United States Bridge Federation spokesman

Judith Regan

Brent "Bozo" Bozell

Tony "Focus on the Family" Perkins

General David "Betray Us" Petraeus

Scott Bloch, who "runs" the Office of Special Counsel "investigating"

Karl Rove

Barney the dog

The cowboy hat

"Cowboy Diplomacy"

The letter "W"

I know it's completely arbitrary, but I'm ending the list here because if I don't, I'll probably be collecting list items for the rest of my life. The best Dubya can hope for in the new year, I'd suspect, is that SOME Democrat (hey, I'll take ANY Democrat at this point) hasn't been putting together lists of his/her own.

All the more reason to Visualize IMPEACHMENT!!!
And then go DO something about it.


Mary Lyon is a veteran broadcaster and five-time Golden Mike Award winner who has anchored, reported, and written for the Associated Press Radio Network, NBC Radio "The Source," and many Los Angeles-area stations including KRTH-FM/AM, KLOS-FM, KFWB-AM, and KTLA-TV, and occasional media analyst for ABC Radio News.  Mary began her career as a liberal activist with the Student Coalition for Humphrey / Muskie in 1968 and helped spearhead a regional campaign, The Power 18, to win the right to vote for 18-year-olds. She remains an advocate for liberal causes, responsibility and accountability in media, environmental education and support of the arts for children, and green living. Mary writes for,, World News Trust, and's We! Magazine. Mary is also a parenting expert, having written and illustrated the book "The Frazzled Working Woman's Practical Guide to Motherhood."

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