Bush's failure to counteract Democrat-media collusion
I admire President Bush for having endured and dealt with more than his fair share of crisis, but throughout his entire presidency he has allowed Democrats to use him as a punching bag. Despite his religious background, Bush seems to have not heard that God helps those who help themselves.
The media is not in Bush's corner, and will never be, and he abets this bias by caving in on so many issues in the direction of the Democrats. He has failed to act as a Republican leader in educating the public to the media's omissions, selective reporting and use of sources and outright lies.
Briefly, at the start of Bush's presidency, he dismissed the reality of (and ignored the political advantage in) pursuing an investigation of Clinton's abominable 700-plus pardons, many for fund-raising purposes, of cronies, relatives and criminals; he added fuel to Democratic charges of racism against Sen. Trent Lott -- and by association, all Republicans -- instead of telling Americans about the GOP's many accomplishments to combat racism (this would've been valuable enlightenment to have had given Bennett's recent comment); and now Bush is passive about the potentially explosive scandal, Able Danger, that may have occurred during Clinton's watch (along with recent theft of documents by Clinton national security advisor Sandy Berger). In fact, Bush seems impotent in helping his old friend and political ally, Tom DeLay, against seemingly contrived charges right there in their own home state, where Bush was once governor!
Republicans deserve better for all they did to elect his administration, and not just with regards to his current Supreme Court nominee.