Ed Driscoll

Dear Russia: Can We Have Our Reset Button Back?

“Plan B Time Is Here” writes Abe Greenwald in Commentary:

“God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States – a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject.” That was Nancy Pelosi’s assessment of George W. Bush last July.

A little harsh, if you ask me. It’s not like Bush burned through a near trillion dollars in a stillborn stimulus, scolded America while the economy pitched, tried to close the country’s most important maximum-security facility without a plan, alienated allies from England to Israel, emboldened the world’s bad actors from Hugo Chavez to the Burmese junta, repeatedly trashed his predecessor around the globe, heralded America’s indifference to human-rights abuses, insulted police in a botched attempt to reignite a fading grievance culture, and frittered away the dregs of his political capital on a socialist health-care hodgepodge that neither he nor any other American could explain, let alone embrace.

Nope, accomplishing all that—and doing so between Valentine’s Day and Labor Day—takes a visionary, a new Lincoln, a “sort of God,” as a sort of apostle from Newsweek put it.

It turns out there is nothing too big to fail, including the grand plans of Barack Obama. Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) acknowledged as much yesterday in regard to the health-care meltdown. Faced with enraged Americans at town-hall meetings, Boyd threw in the towel, saying he would “be willing to scrap everything” and start from square one. First health care; next—you name it. The whole Obama horizon is ready for a reset.

The real reset button can be found elsewhere at Commentary.