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Bush's Achievements

When even his vice-president is hailing the impending inauguration of Barack Obama, it's clear that fatigue with the Bush presidency is widespread -- even those serving in it clearly are ready to go.
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But it's worth pointing out the multitude of significant achievements of the administration, as Fred Barnes does over at the Weekly Standard.

Indeed, aside from some real policy missteps -- as on the immigration issue -- most of the failures of the Bush administration are more cosmetic than substantive.  As I've argued before, Bush's biggest mistake --- both for him and for conservatives and Republicans generally -- was his decision simply to stop defending himself and his policies.  Barnes points out, rightly, that Bush's presidency may receive the favorable re-evaluation that Harry Truman's has received. 

In the meantime, we're stuck with a lefty President and Congress.

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