It ain't much of a base when it deserts him so easily and attacks with such venom.
Part of the real problem is a-holes like Kristol who is one of the few "conservatives" in the press who can help support the President, but can only seem to find time to bash one thing or another. It's kind of hard to fight back when there are virtually no national organizations ready or willing to carry water for this President.
Bush's base didn't desert him, he deserted them when he picked Miers, packed in a horrendously expensive drug benefit for the wealthiest age demographic in the nation to buy votes with MY money, and flubbered around trying to reform Social Security when he should have produced a program to phase out that ponzi scheme.
Bush's base is conservative Republicans, and when he starts acting like a RINO to appease Democrats or avoid a fight, we'll "desert" him again by chewing his azz out!
I don't see any bashing. Actually it was a fairly mild column....Kristol is a mild guy. He's a decent fellow. I usually like him and give him a good listen, though sometimes I disagree with him.