Tom Doran momentarily takes pity on George W. Bush, who is conspicuously absent from this year's Republican National Convention:
Something along these lines, a combination of suppressed guilt and economic frustration, seems to me the most psychologically satisfying explanation. If true, then Bush really does have reason to feel aggrieved; the conservative movement owns the failures of his administration every bit as much as the man himself, but now wants us to believe Bush was never a real conservative at all. So yes, I feel sorry for him. I don't like it any more than you do, disliking Bush was my ideological security blanket.