George B McClellan and George W Bush

A gifted student, George B. McClellan graduated second in his class at West Point (1846). After the Civil War began, he left his work for the Illinois Central Railroad and soon rose through the ranks to command the Union Army. Using his organizational abilities, he soon turned the Army of the Potomac into a polished, well-drilled force. "But he never seemed to get around to actually using the army. Cautious by nature and believing his forces to be heavily outnumbered, when the reverse was actually true, he constantly manufactured reasons for his seemingly endless string of delays." (from swcivilwar.com) Finally in disgust Lincoln sent his famous message, "My dear McClellan: If you don't want to use the Army I should like to borrow it for a while" and relieved him of command.

An indifferent student, George W. Bush drifted in and out of several jobs before finding a niche as the general managing partner of the Texas Rangers. He demonstrated a gift for politics (that his father no doubt envied) in defeating the powerful governor of Texas, Ann Richards. From there, he won two terms in the White House, re-elected in 2004 with the largest vote total in American history. With majorities from his party in control of both the House and the Senate, he has had a unique opportunity to advance the conservative agenda he professes. But he never seems to get around to actually using the majority. He signed the unconstitutional campaign finance reform bill. He refuses to do anything substantive about illegal immigration. And now on the most crucial issue of change--the makeup of the Supreme Court--he keeps punting rather than joining battle with his outnumbered foes. In disgust, conservatives send him this message, "My dear Bush: If you don't want to use the Republican majority, we should like to borrow it for a while."

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At 2:10 PM, Blogger Dan Burrell said...

Well said, Bob. Check out my thoughts on the topic at www.danburrell.com/blog.

At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

The benefit of hindsight tells us that McClellan always had Lee outnumbered. As it stands now, we believe that Bush has the Dems outnumbered, but it's a very slim majority. I would venture to say that there are 5 or 6 "Republican" senators that are so weak that they would make General McClellan look like a warmonger!

At 9:43 PM, Blogger Robert said...

McClellan eventually ran against Lincoln (and might well have beaten him had not Sherman taken Atlanta)...If 55 Republicans is not enough, how many would it take?

"They tell us sir that we are weak, unable to resist so powerful an adversary. But when will we be stronger? Will it be next month or next year?" -- Patrick Henry

At 10:13 AM, Anonymous verticalrefuge said...

The problem w/ Bush is that he's got too many pansy generals. They include Collins, Snowe, Specter, Dewine, Graham, McCain, Chafee, etc.

Bottom line is Meirs will get the job done better than O'Connor, Rehnquist, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg & Stevens. Doesn't sound too bad to me when you look at that way.

Check this article out about Miers:

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Robert said...

I take your point about the weak-kneed Republican Senators, but must ask since Bush actively opposed Pat Toomey for the sake of Arlen Specter why he gets off the hook for that? He hasn't taken any steps to enforce conservative party discipline. Maybe that's because of the Jeffords experience, but it's still a sad state of affairs to accept.


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