He calls Bush “The Republicans Jimmy Carter,” and adds:
In Jimmy Carter’s defense, the coalition that FDR had assembled in the early 1930’s was fracturing before he entered office. But his sheer incompetence paved the way for Ronald Reagan to assemble a coalition of his own. That coalition was still intact when Bush entered office in 2001, but it is fair to say that it is now teetering and Bush himself was instrumental in causing it to crack.
Conservatives have swallowed hard during the entire Bush administration, from his excessive spending to the interventionist and incompetent foreign policy, but Bush and his cronies recent insults towards their base on the issue of illegal immigration is the straw that guarantees the final fissure.
That sounds about right to me, but the liberation now goes both ways. Conservatives tried to support a Republican Administration because they figured the alternative was far worse, but the rage they feel at Bush’s betrayal over the issue of illegal immigration is the straw that breaks the camels back. Bush can depend on his base no more, because he now has no base.
Republicans can take solace in one thing, though one thing only…
Go to Dogwood Pundit’s post, here, to see what solace Republicans can retrieve. Scroll down to the last paragraph.
It could be a bigger comfort than we can currently envision but right now that’s cold comfort indeed.
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