Rightbloggers Credit Bush for Egypt Uprising -- Then Blame Obama for Egypt Uprising
We're not talking about the Tea Party this time -- we're talking about the ongoing, massive demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Rightbloggers were torn about this one. While many at first enjoyed the people-power street scenes as a celebration of freedom, their enthusiasm waned as they realized that Muslims were involved.
Americans are easily excited by foreign uprisings, particularly those they can follow on Twitter. As the sensational photos and coverage began to come in from Egypt, rightbloggers joined in the excitement.
Many claimed the uprising was all George W. Bush's doing, because he said some nice things about freedom in Egypt once upon a time.
He had inspired the revolution with his kind words for dissidents in 2008, suggested National Review's Jay Nordlinger. "Bush gave a speech that stood on the side of the men and women in the prison cells," said Nordlinger, misty-eyed, whereas "in America, the Left hated any talk from Bush about freedom and democracy... That American woman -- the type of American I know all too well -- might have said, repeatedly, 'Democracy is overrated.' But I don't think so. Bush doesn't think so. And the people in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities don't think so."
Cue the strings! Never mind that, though Bush warned Mubarak on human rights a few times, we nonetheless continued to pour billions of U.S. dollars into Mubarak's government -- and money means much more to autocrats than do harsh words. Also, never mind that under Obama U.S. aid to Mubarak has been cut substantially. In the giant game of Risk Junior: Narnia that is the rightblogger vision of foreign policy, it's the thought that counts.
The headline "Egypt protests show George W. Bush was right" was disseminated all over the internet by rightbloggers. "President Bush believed that Muslims in the Middle East would prefer Liberty to oppression," said The Last Tradition. "Liberals vehemently thought he was wrong."
"It is interesting to wonder," wrote the Weekly Standard's Lee Smith, "what might have happened had these same protests erupted 5 years ago when the Bush White House was feeling its oats with victories for the freedom agenda in Iraq and then Lebanon." Smith seemed to think Bush would have gone to Cairo with a bullhorn to rally the protesters.
What this uprising needs is some uniformly modified Twitter icons.
Right, Wing-Nut took a deep breath and yelled that "Barack Obama's star, once deemed brightest in the firmament, dimming more rapidly than a government-approved fluorescent bulb, while George W. Bush's returns to a glory he may not have seen since the early days of the post-9/11 era, all without saying a word," etc etc.
R,W-N then raged at the New York Times for not sharing his enthusiasm -- "If you can't speak ill of George W. Bush, the Times seems to feel, don't speak of him at all" -- and answered the words he had imputed to the Times, "That's fine. Don't speak of him. Your filthy mouths are not fit to utter his great name." R,W-N also claimed that "the hard core left is conceding Bush's points," offering in evidence the testimony of the noted hardcore leftist, Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek.
When Egypt's rulers pulled the plug on their nation's internet, rightbloggers sprang into action, accusing Obama of wanting to do the same thing. "Egypt Today, USA Tomorrow," roared Kristinn Taylor and Andrea Shea King at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government, claiming that Senate Bill S.21 is an "internet kill switch" the President can use to cut off online communications once the Tea Partiers finally decide it's shooty-shooty time.
Some of the brethren gave the Egyptian protesters their highest honor: Comparison to the Tea Party movement.