Skip to comments.Too Bad - President Bush has torn the conservative coalition asunder
Posted on 05/31/2007 9:19:25 PM PDT by gpapa
What political conservatives and on-the-ground Republicans must understand at this point is that they are not breaking with the White House on immigration. They are not resisting, fighting and thereby setting down a historical marker--"At this point the break became final." That's not what's happening. What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition. This is sad, and it holds implications not only for one political party but for the American future.
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I still have my W ‘04 sticker on the back of my Tahoe, but it’s been quite some time since I was a proud Republican. I’ll vote Republican again because I believe the alternatives are far worse, but I hate knowing that my vote will be viewed as an endorsement of this party and their leadership. I put GWB on a pedestal, and maybe that’s part of the problem for me.
This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.
Mr. Bush won in 1988 by saying he would govern as Reagan had. Yet he did not understand he'd been elected to Reagan's third term. He thought he'd been elected because they liked him. And so he raised taxes, sundered a hard-won coalition, and found himself shocked to lose his party the presidency, and for eight long and consequential years. He had many virtues, but he wasted his inheritance.
Bush the younger came forward, presented himself as a conservative .... in time he sundered the party that rallied to him, and broke his coalition into pieces. He threw away his inheritance. I do not understand such squandering.
One of the saddest things is that while Bush is out of the country for the G8 meeting, friend and former freeper, Tony Snow, will be running around making speeches to build support for this.
Wow. Now THIS is the Peggy I remember. She nails it.
No question about it, Bush is a turncoat,traitor RINO or whatever fits. I think the guy is closer to being a liberal then a conservative and America is suffering because of it !!!
I agree completely. The whole second term has been devoted to tossing the faithful overboard.
Amazing, a person who presents herself as an authority, admittedly without a clue of the reasons for what she sees.
All right, here you go Peggy... Listen very carefully,
It's deliberate. We're back to "watch what we do, not what we say," corporate RINO Republicanism. In case you missed it, the last one was Nixon and the results weren't that different.
Ill vote Republican again because I believe the alternatives are far worse, but I hate knowing that my vote will be viewed as an endorsement of this party and their leadership. I put GWB on a pedestal, and maybe thats part of the problem for me.
I’m glad you are not one of the circle firing squad who will not vote Republican because they have been betrayed, but will let the RATS take over. Then the nightmare will really begin.
THE OLD PEGGY IS BACK! YEAH!
Bush and his admin may not need to be re-elected, but there are a lot of R congressmen that may have other political plans. Are conservatives motivated enough by rage and despair to crush the party? Peggy seems to hint that they may be.
.....yes, ....why on earth would a man with a 30% approval rating seek to piss off that last 30%.....???????
i voted 3x for bushes.
i expected a president with backbone that would lead, stand up to the democrap media, and get his message across.
i’m disappointed with rumsfeld, franks, bremer et al; they messed up the iraq war.
and, as usual, our fellow americans, the democraps, have manipulated the negative to their advantage.
now, most americans are fed up with the war.
I saw Tony pushing amnesty tonight. The sad thing was he just wasn't presenting a case for the traitorous amnesty bill, he was out and out lying. Sad, although he always has been an amnesty man.
Then avoid nominating celebrity politicians for their rhetoric, and nominate a man for his record—Duncan Hunter.
There never was much of a “conservative coalition”. Conservative support has always been - to a large extent - conditional. When Reagan ran he did indeed get a lot of crossover votes. but mostly he got people out to the polls who hadn’t had anyone they could support in years.
Bush needs bashing on the immigration issue!
“One of the things I have come to think the past few years is that the Bushes, father and son, though different in many ways, are great wasters of political inheritance. They throw it away as if they’d earned it and could do with it what they liked. Bush senior inherited a vibrant country and a party at peace with itself. He won the leadership of a party that had finally, at great cost, by 1980, fought itself through to unity and come together on shared principles. Mr. Bush won in 1988 by saying he would govern as Reagan had. Yet he did not understand he’d been elected to Reagan’s third term. He thought he’d been elected because they liked him. And so he raised taxes, sundered a hard-won coalition, and found himself shocked to lose his party the presidency, and for eight long and consequential years. He had many virtues, but he wasted his inheritance.
Bush the younger came forward, presented himself as a conservative, garnered all the frustrated hopes of his party, turned them into victory, and not nine months later was handed a historical trauma that left his country rallied around him, lifting him, and his party bonded to him. He was disciplined and often daring, but in time he sundered the party that rallied to him, and broke his coalition into pieces. He threw away his inheritance. I do not understand such squandering. “
Bush family legacy. Except we won’t let Jorge pass amnesty!!
I will do what I can to insure that traitors who vote to sellout my Country are never elected again. Who they are running against is unimportant. Traitors must never be supported. I don't know whether there are enough like me to "crush the party", but I would not be surprised to see a number of Republican incumbent Senators lose their next election.
Well said...I’m 90% with President Bush but disagree on the so called “fix” for illegal immigration.
One thing we should all do and its hard to do is simply not put any politician on a pedestal and place all your hopes and beliefs in him/her.
Look at any election as the choice of two lesser evils... expect them to be turncoats eventually.
That way it saves your blood pressure and just plain disappointment later.
The President's troop surge is working. The Dems' anti-war coalition has been torn asunder by the President. Bush' long term legacy will be a positive one as he will be seen as transforming the Middle East in a positive way.
Peggy Nooner attacking Bush....again! Some of us have left the conservative movement for being anti-business and pro-minimum wage over immigration.
Pray for W and Our Troops
Like his daddy “read my lips” before him—he is a traitor to the ideals that built the country.
She nailed this out of the park. Absolutely crushed it. I left the Republican party years ago and remain an independent, but I still am staunchly conservative. It’s a shame that the morons running that party don’t get it.
This is a great piece...
I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who feels this way about Bush. A vague, uneasy feeling. Sort of like an old friend who refuses a simple request
What true conservative doesn’t feel the pain of betrayal by a man who misprepresented himself to his constituents...of course we all feel we were ‘suckered’ by another self-serving politician. My gut feelings when I voted for him in 2000 were right.. GWB would be too much like his father..but where else could we turn? The ominous thing is...it may be too late to recover the party from the shambles he has made of it. And his father’s ineptitude gave us the destroyer Clinton. With a fractured party, will we have another and more socialist Clinton? May God save the Republic ( because this present crop of politicians can’t and won’t!)
I want to see the poll nubmers now! They said they could never go lower!
President Bush was right on the war. No question. But if he follows through with illegal alien amnesty, future generations will curse his name.
“I still have my W 04 sticker on the back of my Tahoe, but its been quite some time since I was a proud Republican. Ill vote Republican again because I believe the alternatives are far worse, but I hate knowing that my vote will be viewed as an endorsement of this party and their leadership. I put GWB on a pedestal, and maybe thats part of the problem for me.”
Would it be better if we were listening to President John F’ing Kerry every day?
He is not interested in the party, he is interested in a NEW WORLD ORDER that his father often spoke of. Ted Kennedy is at that exact spot as well.
Roger that TJ. I can't believe what's happening. Troops in the field, our whole society fragmenting and desperate for leadership, and our President gives the people who believed in him the finger.
I don't understand. Conservatives are anti-business and pro-minimum wage? Hardly! But they don't support corrupt businesses and an endless funnel of cheap illegal labor to undermine the free enterprise system.
The neo-conservative coalition was bound to dissolve.
Kudos to Ms. Noonan for this opinion piece.
IIRC, she is an observant Catholic. If that is true, I’m glad to
hear she hasn’t swallowed the same Illegal Immigration Kool-Aid peddled
by the US Conference of Bishops (and Dubya).
FReegards and welcome to FreeRepublic.
This is all true. I was an ardent Bush supporter and have defended him forcefully against anyone who criticized him, but now I must admit that some of Bush's enemies were right about him. He has done some excellent things, but he has also created a great mess. It's terribly hard to have to admit this and engage in what Peggy calls "letting go." But it must be done.