Mr. Smith wrote Bush as Republican LBJ.
Read it before proceeding...
It figures that the guy who set up WWII would be Nixon's hero, and that McGovern's would be the guy who would never have entered WWII.
The parallels for Bush are specious, however. I remember Billy Solly Estes, Walter Jenkins, and Bobby Baker. Jack Ambramoff, Mark Foley (in 2 years - who?), and Tom Delay (WTF?) are Division II - or not even playing.
I have yet to see any of Bush's scars. He treats his dogs well, and has not cheated on Laura. He is not picking the bombing targets, a strong indicator of the difference in respect for the military between the two men. I'm confident Bush would not have resigned if he lost a Primary over Iraq.
Bush is no waterboy for big business, but Johnson was for big Labor. Bush doesn't drink and is not obviously a hypocrite. Building the "the horror house called the midto-late [sic] 1960s that cleaves America, even now.", proves Johnson to have been a hypocrite. Drinking is not at issue.
We're reaping Johnson's sowings over 30 years later and it is threatening the Republic. No matter how Iraq turns out, no one will be able to say about Bush that irresolution was his problem.
On entitlement expansion, and that the Kennedys didn't like either man, I'd agree there are parallels. Oh yeah, big ears and Texas, too. And Johnson completed JFK's tax cut initiative.
LBJ was a cynical populist power-broker. Bush is an occasionally naive do-gooder.
The GOP passed "Johnson's" Civil Rights Act, the only principled objector being Barry Goldwater - what have the Democrats done for Bush?
I'm no fan of Bush, it's just that the alternative is cultural suicide. Bush is so much more principled than LBJ that I consider Curt Smith a moron, unless "Republican LBJ" means "For a Republican, Bush has a few similarities." In which case, he needn't have bothered to write his little screed and he's still a moron.
And what have Ken Mehlman's icons have to do with anything anyway?