So long, Mr. President

by Sal on November 8, 2006

in Politics

I have been an ardent supporter of President George W. Bush throughout his presidency. I have supported him on the war, on taxes, and have overlooked some of his deficiencies (i.e. on Campaign Finance, Education, and Perscription Drugs). Granted, I thought they were wrong at the time and said so, but it did not affect my support of the President as a whole. In the last 12 months, three things have contributed to change my opinion.

Harriet Miers: The most ill-advised Supreme Court nominee possible, it is only due to the Conservative base that she withdrew and the name of Sam Alito was submitted in her stead. On one of the two most important issues of our time, Bush botched this one big time and was saved by his base.

“Comprehensive” (sic) Immigration Reform: This one takes the cake. I could be persuaded to potentially go for a guest worker program, but the President’s support for the McCain/Kennedy bill left me steaming.

Today’s Press Conference: The final nail in the coffin. Bush’s first post-election press conference sounded like a surrendur cry. Instead of standing up to the Democrats and realizing that his base didn’t turn out, he’s trying to appeal to the liberals and take his party down in the process. His calls of working together on Democrat issues made me want to lose my lunch. His knee-jerk reaction to firing Rummy following the loss was also ill-advised. The Bush administration is now catering to the left-wing of the Democratic party. This is a recipie for disaster for the party and for 2008.

The Republican’s chance in ’08 now hinges on leadership change in the house. Mike Pence has announced his candidacy for minority leader, and made some very good observations on the role of a minority party:

Our mission has now changed. Our mission in the Majority was to pass legislation reflecting Republican principles. The duty of the Republican Minority in the 110th Congress is to defeat the liberal agenda of the Democrat Party and become the majority in Congress again. We will only defeat the Democrat agenda by presenting a positive, conservative message in vivid contrast to the big government liberalism of the new Majority.

This is in stark contrast to George W. Bush. Pence’s vision is the way to go. George W. Bush’s is the way to complete annihilation of the party. At this point unless he demonstrates behavior contrary to today’s press conference, other than the war on terror, I think we need to look at Bush as a liability to the Conservative Movement. We need a full frontal assault on liberal ideas and policies, and offer conservative alternatives for the next two years. I have a sneaking suspician that the Republican candidate in 2008 will have to run both against the Democratic nominee/party as well as against President Bush.

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Ryan November 10, 2006 at 9:53 am

Perhaps Bush is, in fact, dumb. I mean, I’ve been defending Bush’s brain against Lib onslaughts for 5 1/2 years. Maybe they were right. If he keeps pounding away at the “new tone” nonsense, given that it failed misearbly in his first two years and ever since, he demonstrating what it looks like to continue to pound one’s head against the wall even after the bleeding has started.

I agree that in the last year or so, Bush has almost been preparing for his lame-duck status, now firmly ensconced as a result of Tuesday’s election.

Perhaps this is Rove’s last trick: to distance any future Republican Presidential candidate away from Bush so that they won’t have to do it themselves.

Nonetheless, anmesty, cut-and-run, and Barney Frank already talking about tax increases have me frightened and hopeful at the same time. Frightened Bush will actually go along with it, and hopeful that he will fail along with the new majority.

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