People on the left thought he was stupid. Because as far as having the intelligence to run a country, he is. Thats a lot different from "having it in for him". If that was the case, the outcry against him would have been strong when he wanted to go into Afganistan. Of course, you may be referring to the far left whackos, in which case I can tell you about 3 people I know who have referred to Tuesday as "Assassination Day".
I don't like Bush, but I think its a mistake to say that he is stupid. He is definitely not on those on the left were seriously mistaken to think so. Thats probably why they lost the election in 04. I do think that his style of decision making and leadership is wrong for being president, but that doesn't necessarily indicate a lack of intelligence.
In truth, I think that GWB's problem was laziness. He didn't want to put in the time to study the issues, he wanted his subordinates to do that. That style of leadership works when you have competent subordinates, but Bush relied to much on Rumsfeld and Cheney. Notice how things in the DOD and Iraq improved when Rummy was removed and Gates came in. Gates is a competent advisor and administrator, so things improved. In the beginning, prior to 9-11, I think there was a certain amount of balance in the Whitehouse between Cheney and Rummy on one side and more competent, moderate advisors such as Powell and Rice on the other. But 9-11 tilted the balance towards the hardliners, and this led to a lot of mistakes on the part of the administration.
Edited by Davidson Deac II, 18 January 2009 - 07:25 PM.