It may not be fair, but this letter from Pejman Yousefzadeh to Josh Marshall sums up much of what is contemptible in the rightwing's smug, arrogant outlook on the world. It's probably not fair because Marshall is a real journalist and Pejman is just an egomaniac who wants to be famous. But Pejman is a fine specimen of conservative assholery; the fact it's more extreme in his case is just a difference in degree, not kind.
Pejman says that Josh is getting his "panties in a bunch" over Bush whiling away the days at his ranch in Texas rather than being in the White House. Marshall's point, of course, is that perhaps Bush should not be doing things like shooting an episode of a bass fishing television show while there is a major uprising going on in Iraq. To which Pejman says:
[T]he fact that he is at his ranch does not mean that he is divorced in any way, shape or form from the ability to do everything that he could do in the White House.
There are several responses a sane person could have to this. First, one could call him an arrogant twit. Check. Second, there is the issue of appearances versus reality. Generously assuming that Bush is monitoring world affairs while on his bass boat, should the American president be seen to be so disengaged at a moment like this? Let me be as understated as I can manage: It does not inspire confidence.
But the real answer, of course, is that no one in their right mind can believe that a ranch in Texas is just as good as the White House for running the government. Anyone who has run any kind of organization understands that things are easier to accomplish when you're in the office. If you are serious about taking care of business, that is where'll you be, not shoring up your image as a "sporting man" for campaign purposes. The fact that Bush thinks that that's what's important speaks volumes about his priorities.