A couple of the big lefty bloggers commented this weekend on this piece from the Washington Post:
Others inside and outside the administration, however, say the upbeat talk masks disappointment and frustration among many White House staffers, who believe Bush's reputation has been unfairly maligned for a series of calamities -- from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to the financial crisis -- that were beyond his control and that he handled well. GOP nominee John McCain's escalating attacks on Bush's tenure have added to the irritation, these people said.But of the posts I saw, no one made the obvious point that this stuff is the Bush legacy. The financial crisis, 9/11, (the botched response to Katrina) and the rejection of the GOP at the polls in 2006 and again tomorrow haven't occurred in a political vacuum. These events are correlated, with Bush at their dead center.
"Everybody kind of wanted to spend the last 100-plus days doing some legacy things, and the financial crisis has thrown a wrench into that," said one prominent Republican who regularly talks with senior White House officials.
"You have a combination of no legacy stuff, a horrible economic mess and the likelihood that Obama is going to win," this person added. "There is a real sadness there."
Note to Bushies: "This pig is unlipstickable" is not your premise; it's our conclusion.