George W Bush isn't looking so bad these days. Sure, "his post-presidency resume is still thin," writes Stanley Fish in the New York Times, but he's about to make a comeback—just as we're starting to miss him. Bush nostalgia abounds: Pictures of a Minnesota billboard featuring George W and the caption "Miss me yet?" have gone viral. This week's cover of Newsweek, meanwhile, suggests that the Iraq mission has, in fact, been accomplished.
Obama is helping Dubya's case. There is "a suspicion," Fish writes, "that the politics of change may have been a slogan with less promise in its future than 'mission accomplished.'" With Guantanamo still open, health reform stalled, and banks returning to business as usual, Bush's policies suddenly look "less reprehensible," and the former president less hate-able. Fish doesn't hate to say it, but "I told you so."