In the aftermath of the Gore-Bush contest of 2000, Carter called the election a “total debacle” - - apparently unaware that he might be undermining the nation’s credibility, and might even compromise his own opportunities to serve as an “observer” for future foreign elections (as he had done several times before in Nicaragua).
At the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Carter allowed himself to be seated in a balcony right next to propagandizing film maker Michael Moore - - seemingly unaware that his presence adjacent to Moore could be perceived as an endorsement of the man’s offensive tactics (recall that weeks later when Bush was re-elected, Moore further insulted American voters by claiming that the country had become “Jesus Nation”).
In 2005, Carter told an audience at American University in Washington that in 2000 “the country failed abysmally in the presidential election process.” When asked about vote re-counts in the swing state of Ohio during the 2004 election, Carter admitted “I don’t know about that,” but then went on to plant seeds of doubt, claiming that the Ohio Secretary of State was “highly partisan.”
As if we haven’t had enough sour grapes from Carter, this weekend he took his level of outrageous behavior to an all-time high. Speaking to a reporter from Arkansas, Carter labeled the Bush administration the “worst in history,” and criticized everything from Bush’s foreign policy to his privatization approach with social welfare.
He also saw fit to insult the people of Great Britain (one of our nation’s greatest allies ever), describing Prime Minister Blair’s relationship with Bush as one that is “Abominable. Loyal, blind, apparently subservient…"
In lambasting the President this way, Carter bares a tragic resemblance to Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez who, during a visit to New York last year, claimed that Bush was “el Diablo” (not “a devil,” but “the Devil“). Fortunately, New York Congressman Charles Rangel saw fit to tell Chavez that it’s not okay to stand on American soil and criticize “my President.” Additionally, Representative Nancy Pelosi (then the House Minority Leader) had the sense to artfully refer to Chavez as a “thug.”
But now a former President has had his own “el Diablo meltdown moment.” And members of his party need to make it clear that this is “not okay,” either.
Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Clinton, Edwards…….where are you??
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.
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