"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
It sounds defeatist, crappy and just like admitting the left is correct with their hatred for Bush.
If it does mean someting different for the GOP, than it does for the Dems, we should coin an own phrase, instead of parroting the lefist moonbats, who own “anti-Bushism”.
Why not say we want someone to the right of Bush, or “no more moderates, we want a real conservative”. Let’s make clear we want someone more conservative, more right... “anti” implies to me, and I’m sure to most GOPers and Americans, something on the left.
He also has a press office that simply doesn't do much of anything. Reagan faced a more monolithic liberal press by far, but was tenacious in getting a message out with clear themes, that couldn't be obscured by taking sound bites out of context. Even when ABCBSNBC editing the day's debate down to 15 seconds from a White House spokesman followed by 20 minutes of response and analysis from liberal experts, you knew which side wanted lower taxes and a strong national defense. On issue after issue, this White House simply refuses to fight back against partisan attacks.
Reagan also had a special charisma and charm which will be very hard to duplicate. Even his adversaries, like Mitterand and Gorbechev, found it hard to dislike him personally. One of the things that makes Fred Thompson so appealing is his ability to articulate a conservative viewpoint with a similar folksy 'there you go again' charm.
Conservatives have lost trust in him because he came within a hair's breath of selling our country out from under us....
..and I don't call that 'decent'!