Despite President Bush's rock-bottom poll numbers, a horrendously mismanaged war and a growing awareness that the President has betrayed them on a host of issues from immigration to government spending, conservatives seem unwilling to recognize their own role as "enablers" of a failed President.
And even worse, they seem ready to repeat their mistake in selecting a 2008 champion.
It is worth remembering that before he became president, then-Governor George Bush had to convince the Republican elders that he was their man: solidly conservative, more reliable than John McCain and an easy sell to the voters by virtue of his family name. He courted and was tutored by the likes of Henry Kissinger, George Schultz and Dick Cheney. They returned from the meetings confident of his bona fides and assured donors that he would be a safe choice for the G.O.P. establishment.
The party faithful convinced themselves that he would remain true to conservative principles despite the irksome references to "compassionate conservatism"--an overt dig at the conservatism many of his supporters believed needed no modifier.
You'll have to click the link to see who they're talking about. I'll just say that I agree with them.
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