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This says a lot about you. For you, "success" is political; merely winning elections is enough. As long as my side beats the other side.

For most of us, "success" is substantial, meaning the actual results. Elections don't indicate success; by winning elections, a politician gets the opportunity to succeed. A president isn't a success just because he got elected. He's a success or a failure based on the decisions he makes in office.

Look around you. Look at the budget. At the exponentially rising prices of health care and the millions of uninsured Americans. At the declining minimum wage. Look at the surging violence in Iraq, incubated by the awful security situation that was the direct result of Bush's decisions. Look at the declining oil and electricity output in Iraq.

Look at what Bush's support of torture has wrought, both in providing ammo to the enemy and tarnishing the image of America and our soldiers. Look at the moral standing that America has lost under his watch. We used to be able to lead the world. Those days are over, thanks to Bush's policies.

Look at what has been done to science under this administration. Stem cell research is held back, the very validity of the scientific method is again up for debate by those who think truth is revealed rather than discovered. Look at the anti-gay bigotry that has been inflamed and encouraged to flourish by the Republicans.

Look at the debt our progeny will have to pay, so that the wealthy could have their tax burden shifted onto the poor. And at the tapped national resources they will have to work with due to the Republicans' wastefulness and irresponsibility. Look at the damage done to our federal agencies under the neglect of cronies like Michael Brown.

This record of incompetence, malfeasance, irresponsibility and neglect just goes on and on. Yet, when it comes time to evaluate whether or not the party that has taken America down this path has been a success or a failure, all you have to say is "they won elections". Who cares about a strategy for governing the nation...all you care about is if Karl Rove has a strategy for sticking it to those dreaded fang-toothed Democrats. That's the true measure of success.

All they have to do is occupy positions and you are satisfied. That really explains a lot about you...and a lot about the Republican party.
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