If I didn't know better -- and I don't -- I'd assume the liberal establishment was trying to destroy President Bush, from distorting his handling of the terrorist threat prior to 9-11 to trying to convince us the sky is falling in Iraq.
It was outright ludicrous (though reprehensible) when Hillary Clinton implied that Mr. Bush let 9-11 happen when she rhetorically asked, "What did the president know and when did he know it?" Yet the liberal establishment has relentlessly been trying to put teeth in Hillary's preposterous suggestion ever since. And Hillary has the audacity to tell us about vast conspiracies on the right?
But no matter what they tell us, Richard Clarke did not lay a glove on George Bush. He admitted that regardless of his complaints, we probably couldn't have prevented the 9-11 attacks. Nevertheless, the partisan media did its best to spotlight Clarke's book -- catapulting it to the top of the best-seller lists as if it contained a smoking gun against the president.
Next came John Dean, eternal darling of the liberal establishment because he turned on Richard Nixon during Watergate, releasing his inane book arguing that President Bush is more corrupt than Nixon was. And another Watergate media hero, Bob Woodward, is set to release his "blockbuster" further incriminating the Bush team.
In the meantime, Condoleezza Rice was hounded into testifying publicly, under oath before the 9-11 investigative commission, despite having testified for hours in private. But now that we've witnessed her testimony, we know the liberal establishment was simply setting a trap for her.
From the moment she was sworn in, belligerent Democratic commission members, like the self-worshipping Bob Kerrey, and hired gun Richard Ben-Veniste, treated this extraordinary woman like a hostile witness under cross-examination.
Their manifest purpose was not to hear Ms. Rice's recollection of the events, but to embarrass and discredit her, as evidenced by their ceaseless moralistic speechifying and their refusal to allow her to answer questions. Through their pseudo indignation, their disrespectful tone and other innuendo, they sought to create the fraudulent impression that Bush's negligence allowed 9-11 to happen.
The Democrats' mere selection of Ben-Veniste of Watergate and Whitewater fame is proof enough they were driven by partisanship rather than a desire to identify and solve problems. But their despicable treatment of Ms. Rice, along with the partisan media's negative report card of Ms. Rice's commendable performance, confirm the liberal establishment's nefarious agenda beyond any doubt.