By MARC McDONALD
Over the past year, George W. Bush has gone from being perhaps the ultimate GOP wet-dream president to a politician whom even many Republicans hate.
At first glance, this ought to be welcome news. After all, we liberals have been shouting from the highest rooftops about why Bush is bad for America ever since 2000.
It's nice that a lot of Republicans have now come around to our way of thinking.
There's only one problem. If you take a look at the reason why many Republicans finally rejected Bush, it's not an encouraging sign.
After all, why did many Republicans finally turn against Bush?
Was it the illegal, immoral war in Iraq that Bush lied America into? No.
Was it Bush's blatant disregard for America's Constitution? No.
Was it Bush's illegal wiretaps? No.
Was it the disastrously bungled response to Hurricane Katrina? No.
Was it embracing torture as an official instrument of American policy? No.
Was it any one of a number of other serious violations of Bush's oath of office and impeachable offenses? No.
The scary thing is that the Republicans who abandoned Bush didn't have problems with any of the above.
They stood by Bush through thick and thin, and weren't deterred from supporting their hero, even when he dragged America's name through the mud and made us the most feared and hated nation on the planet.
No, the thing that finally ended the love affair between millions of Republicans and the Fratboy-In-Chief was their former hero's immigration policy, of all things.
I've talked to a number of Republicans over the past year and it's become apparent to me that Bush's immigration policy was the straw that broke the camel's back for them. As a couple of Republicans explained it to me last week, "We're sick and tired of all these fucking spics coming into our country."
So there you have it: torture is fine, shredding the Constitution is fine, lying the nation into war is fine. Just keep America as white as possible, and you won't get a peep of protest out of the droves of Republicans who abandoned Bush.
Like I said, Republican Bush-haters are even more frightening than the 28-percenters.