But Ross Douthat singularly compounds his idiocy by deciding that liberals should really be grateful for Bush's bungled war because it gave us Obama.
No, seriously. That's his argument.
History is too contingent to say that had there been no Iraq invasion in 2003, there would be no Democratic majority in 2012. (It’s easy enough to imagine counterfactuals that might have put Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office.) But the Democratic majority that we do have is a majority that the Iraq war created: its energy and strategies, its leadership and policy goals, and even its cultural advantages were forged in the backlash against George W. Bush’s Middle East policies.
Not mentioned anywhere in Douthat's piece: The fact that liberals AND conservatives may have been angry about Iraq, but hey, Afghanistan and Bin Laden still happened. Oh, and that whole nearly collapsing our economy thing in his second term.
Barack Obama couldn't possibly have won election or re-election based on his policies and performance, right? He couldn't have beaten the most powerful Democratic party machine in modern history (or at least since Camelot) without Bush Bungles Baghdad, right? What's next, telling me how slavery, the Civil War, and the Jim Crow era were an awesome lucky break for black folk like me?
Douthat's one of those people who lack character, credibility, and judgment. So why would anyone listen to his self-serving nonsense now?
I can't think of a reason.