Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Even the choir wants the preacher shut down.

The stench from the White House has become so odious and repulsive that even the most conservative of conservatives are begging for a Democratic victory come November. Christopher Buckley was a speech writer for Daddy Bush. Yet he had this to say about the current occupant of the White House:

Who knew, in 2000, that “compassionate conservatism” meant bigger government, unrestricted government spending, government intrusion in personal matters, government ineptitude, and cronyism in disaster relief? Who knew, in 2000, that the only bill the president would veto, six years later, would be one on funding stem-cell research?

A more accurate term for Mr. Bush’s political philosophy might be incontinent conservatism.

Buckley says it is time to hand government over the Democrats. He's not alone.

Bruce Bartlett worked for Reagan and Daddy Bush as well. He writes: "As a conservative who’s interested in the long-term health of both my country and the Republican Party, I have a suggestion for the GOP in 2006: lose."

Richard Viguerie was one of the architects of the New Right. He has says he has never seen conservatives so unhappy. He says they are debating whether to take a chance on the Democrats. His advice: "The answer is, we must take that chance. If Big Government Republicans behave so irresponsibly and betray the people who elected them, while we blindly, slavishly continue backing them, we establish that there is no price to pay for violating conservative principles. If we give in, we are forgetting the lesson that mothers teach their daughters: Why buy a cow when the milk is free?"

Conservative legal scholar Bruce Fein has protested loudly Franklin Delano Bush's contempt for the Constitution and thirst for unlimited, imperial power. He too says this November America needs a Democratic revival. He writes:

"Democrats, for their part, likewise place party above the Constitution, but their party loyalty at least creates an incentive to frustrate Bush’s super-imperial presidency. This could help to restore checks and balances. For the foreseeable future, divided government is the best bet for preserving both the letter and spirit of the Constitution. If Democrats capture the House or Senate in November 2006, the danger created by Bush with a Republican-controlled Congress would be mitigated or eliminated."

Jeffrey Hart is a senior editor at the Right-wing National Review. Yet his words about Bush are hardly laudatory. "Never before has a United States president consistently adhered to beliefs so disconnected from actuality." He even names the problems saying, "most damaging to the ideal of conservatism has been the influence of religious ideology."

Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said: "After six years of Republican recklessness at home and abroad, I seriously doubt Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid... could spend this country any deeper into debt than my Republican Party."