In today’s Wall Street Journal, President Bush urged Congress not to “play politics as usual”.

If the Congress chooses to pass bills that are simply political statements, they will have chosen stalemate. If a different approach is taken, the next two years can be fruitful ones for our nation.

How ironic, then, that the biggest examples of partisan politics in the 109th Congress were pushed by Bush.

  • Despite limited public support, Bush urged Congress to move on a constitutional ban on gay marriage every year.
  • Despite limited public support, Bush supported (and in fact urged Senators to keep trying after failures) a ban on flag burning.
  • Despite limited public support, Bush grandstanded in his role in signing the Terri Schiavo legislation, flying to Washington from his vacation in Crawford just to sign the bill.

What a tool.

HT: Think Progress.