Yeah, I actually don’t debate your first two assertions, but your unspoken premise is that Bush is spinning things more than previous administrations. As quick examples so early in the morning, I can think of how we’re supposed to be in an environmental wasteland, overpopulated and starving, and completely out of oil today according the Carter administration. Also, most people feel that the Waco incident had overly contrived justifications for the destruction of that ultra-rightwing compound full of kooks.
I’m fairly certain if you only read left-wing newspapers, you’ll get an impression that Bush is worse.
As to the first two assertions leading to the conclusion that his appointees will allow him to do whatever he wants, that’s a stretch. Unless, of course, GW wants to do only conservative things and a conservative judge will rule in a conservative way… allowing conservatives to have in their own conservative way. I know liberals react with horror to something like that… but it’s all within the rules, something liberals don’t like either.