Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- Did you catch Sen. Harry Reid's reaction to President George W. Bush's replacement of Chief of Staff Andy Card with Budget Director Joshua Bolten? Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, called Bolten a "failure." It could have been worse. He might have inveighed against Bolten's terrible temper. In fact, the Democrats still might sound the alarm over reports of Bolten's terrible temper.

Reid called Bolten a failure the same day that the Conference Board's consumer index showed consumer confidence climbing to a near four-year high. Obviously consumers know whereof they speak. The stock market is rising. Growth continues at a healthy pace. Unemployment is down. Inflation is low. Even the deficit as a percentage of the GDP is receding. It took consumers a while to penetrate the Democrats' balderdash, but now they recognize what they might have been recognizing for the last five years. In America things are good, and the economy is getting better.

Yet, for grumpy Harry and the dismal Democrats, Bolten is a failure. I would not be surprised to hear them raise the specter of a new Republican conspiracy. Harry could warn that the Bush Administration has come under the spell of "Boltenism." There is Josh Bolten roaming the White House, shouting at aides. And there is another Bolten terrorizing the United Nations, the shocking Ambassador John R. Bolton. His temper is a matter of world history. The Democratic leadership will not be fooled by the Boltens' exchange of vowels. Will we soon see Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton appearing on the "Today" show urging the media to look into this proliferation of a "Vast Bolten Conspiracy"? I would not rule it out. She has made similarly bizarre utterances, and many in the media have fallen for it. Expect Al Franken on Air America to excite his audience against Boltenism, if there still is an Air America.

Air America is the liberal talk radio network that sprang up a couple of years back to replace Rush Limbaugh and his co-conspirators in right-wing talk radio. It has not fared very well, but then neither has the liberal wing of the Democratic Party when it has faced the public in a two-way race. The "Angry Left" is Senator Reid's contemporary version of the New Deal. It has yet to contribute anything to the commonweal other than ignorance and hysteria.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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