The principal critic cited is the dependably liberal historian Douglas Brinkley of Tulane University. "'The Bush administration, post-Katrina, has been all windup and no pitch. It's a low point in Bush's tenure,' says Brinkley."
The professor's credentials as an impartial observer are questionable. Here, after all, is a man who claims that Jimmy Carter "is seen as a national treasure - even by people who didn't like him as president." A man who asserted: "I think he'd (John Kerry) make a first-rate president." A man who wants to see Bill Clinton's reputation rehabilitated and says, "Hopefully, we'll have a fuller view and also understand that he's had a great many important strengths."
Another critic the Tribune turned to is Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland. Mr. Walters' background includes serving as campaign manager and consultant for Jesse Jackson during his two presidential bids.
So the Chicago Tribune goes to partisan liberals and finds that they're critical of George W. Bush.And that's front page news?