There is something utterly unfair in the fact that a politician is being punished by the people for acting in the best interest of the very same people.
All obituaries about President Gerald Ford make the point that his pardon of President Nixon was an act of political courage and wisdom that healed the nation fractured by the Vietnam War and Watergate scandal. Nevertheless, almost everyone agrees that this decision had cost Ford re-election in 1976.
As President Bush contemplates a highly controversial and unpopular move, the “surge” of military presence in Iraq, he may take a solace in the thought that future generations of grateful Americans will call his decision principled, thoughtful and, ultimately, right.
He might be further encouraged by realizing that should this public appreciation come after November of 2008, he won’t be even punished by losing the White House.
Another Republican will.