GWHB’s heart was in the right place, but not his head and that got him into trouble.
In many ways though he got us where we are today. After the “read my lips” promise being broken and and appointing Justice Souter, he lost a lot of Republicans and their votes. Not to mention giving Sotomayor her start on the Federal bench didn’t help his standing since he appointed a judge that is a racist and sexist by her own statements. And she is anything but unbiased.
His loss of votes due to his betrayal of his promises, gave us Clinton. If he hadn’t betrayed the Republican voters, Clinton would’ve had a hard time winning (if he ran again) in 1996. Perot probably wouldn’t have been as successful in 1992 because Bush would’ve been true to his word and likely he wouldn’t have run in 1996. Likewise, then we probably wouldn’t have had President George W Bush in 2000, and almost definitely not 1996 – the odds of a father-son President in direct succession at that time (or now) seems unlikely. That would’ve meant an 8 year term from 1996-2004 and likely an 8 year term from 2004-2012 which would’ve meant we wouldn’t have had President Obama. And in that case, we probably wouldn’t have a President Trump right now.
Is that how it would’ve panned out? Perhaps, perhaps not, but “little” things like breaking a promise to the nation, no matter whether you are being lied to about it being “good” ripple on down through the decades.