Look, I don't completely disagree with you on this. I think Bush did a good deal of damage to the conservative movement (at least the GOP) during his time in office, but he did pave the way, along with the GOP Congress for some substantial tax cuts. Good grief, at least under the GOP during the Bush years, unemployment was at about 5% and the economy was growing.
While I certainly understand your frustration, this is our reality. As I said, who ever the GOP candidate turns out to be...I'll vote for them.
Not really. The stock market broke in 2000, and Bush's entire tenure of office was dominated by pigs at the trough grabbing what they could from a declining economy lubricated by massive tranches of expedient Fed money, as both Fed and Administration became non-ideological dealers in Keynesian fixes and reflationary (and porkulent) tax cuts: Untax untax, spend and grab, spend and grab, pork out and elect, pork out and elect -- all under the shadow of national-security spending and defense against terrorism, as the Administration combined Reaganaut tax-cutting with Johnsonian and Rooseveltian war-fighting on borrowed money shoveled out by the Fed.
If you don't like that explanation, try rolling your own -- but be careful to explain how, if that didn't happen, Goldman Sachs common stock got to $250 a share in 2007. (Oink!)
Frankly, I think a lot of that thematic pretzeling was Dick Cheney's idea; he learned flexuousness of principle and the advantages of rising above during his time in Nixon's White House.
There's pragmatism, and then there's pig-matism: I think the Bush Administration practiced both, combining the impulses of both the Nixon and Bush 41 administrations.
People talk about outsourcing: Bush's people practiced outporking. They outporked everything they could get their hands on, and managed to make the Clinton Administration look like a bunch of fiscal choirboys by comparison, as they rode the Reagan boom and let a rising economy do its magic for them.