Bush is just a symptom – indeed. Bush is the logical conclusion of all the conservatives’ ideals.
Republicans are in a bind — they want to disown Bush and throw him to the wolves. They want to blame him for all the problems they’ve had the past few years governing the country and save their own hides, but they still can’t find the strength to oppose his Iraq efforts. They are attached to his hip, yet they want to pretend that Bush is the cause of all the nation’s problems. Complicating things, they’ve had a governmental trifecta, so they don’t have their usual Democratic Party foils to blame. They’re on their own and isolated on this one.
But ultimately, Bush is a symptom of the problem, not the cause. The cause is conservatism. How can an ideology that holds as a truism that government can’t work, work? If Republicans ran the country smoothly and ably, it would lay waste to their claims that government is the enemy and can’t make people’s lives better. In that regards, Bush hasn’t been incompetent. He’s been wildly successful.
So yes, what we have just witnessed is the logical conclusion of effective conservative governance, and things would look the same way today whether we had President McCain, President Lott, President Jeb, President Romney, President Thompson, or whichever other anti-government Republican we slotted in.
This is what conservatives want for America. We’re seeing it in the most vivid of colors. Blaming Bush for doing exactly what conservatives wanted to the country would be like, well, blaming Gonzales for doing exactly what Bush ordered him to do.
“I think it’s probably possible to be a conservative without appearing to be an idiot.”
– Roscoe Bartlett, a Republican Representative, at a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on global warming, 21 Mar 2007, following criticism of witness Al Gore.
Me too. But not to be a Bush supporter.