Bush Derangement Syndrome

Andrew Sullivan:

We can fight over Medicare and hate crime laws another time. But habeas corpus, war, torture and basic fiscal responsibility are the issues now. I will join happily with any liberal, any leftist, any conservative, any Christian, any Muslim, any Jew - to fight for these basic principles. I don't care about these labels as much as I care about this country. And it needs saving right now from the thugs and incompetents who are running it.

Richard Viguerie:

The big-spending, high-deficit, morally-deficient Republican Party hasn't anything to offer conservatives except Halloween scare tactics about the Democrats.

Bruce Fein:

Iraq will inexorably disintegrate under a White House successor in the White House who will have disowned the Bush madness and removed American troops as concessions to reality. Enjoying retirement in Texas, Mr. Bush will argue for the history books that Iraq was not lost on his watch; and, that more of his madness would have been crowned with victory. These observations will seem unjustifiably harsh to Mr. Bush's cheerleaders. But the president has consistently shown himself a small man driven by petty ambitions. And tall and high-minded American soldiers in Iraq pay a steep price.

John Danforth:

BY a series of recent initiatives, Republicans have transformed our party into the political arm of conservative Christians. The elements of this transformation have included advocacy of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, opposition to stem cell research involving both frozen embryos and human cells in petri dishes, and the extraordinary effort to keep Terri Schiavo hooked up to a feeding tube.

Bob Barr:
BARR: Here again, this is absolutely a bizarre conversation where you have a member of Congress saying that it's okay for the president of the United States to ignore U.S. law, to ignore the Constitution, simply because we are in an undeclared war. The fact of the matter is the law prohibits -- specifically prohibits -- what apparently was done in this case, and for a member of Congress to say, oh, that doesn't matter, I'm proud that the president violated the law is absolutely astounding.
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    But, but, but... (none / 0) (#1)
    by aw on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 09:33:29 AM EST
    They are not "real" conservatives, dontcha know?

    Re: But, but, but... (none / 0) (#3)
    by Al on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 12:07:59 PM EST
    Indeed. There is a growing meme these days that the Bush gang are not "real conservatives". On the contrary: Bush is the inevitable consequence of conservatism when it achieves political power. Those "real conservatives" sure weren't disowning Bush in 2000, when he stole the election on their behalf, or in 2003, when he ordered the invasion of Iraq on their behalf, or even in 2004, when he was bragging about all the political capital he had amassed.

    Party of the Big Tent (none / 0) (#4)
    by Gabriel Malor on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 03:27:13 PM EST
    It's not that they're not "real" conservatives. It's just that they're a different kind of conservative. Though it may be fun and easy for commentators to portray Republicans as some kind of monolithic Jesus-humpers, in reality the party as a whole contains a wide range of ideologies.

    The most important are the paleocons, social conservatives, neocons, and fiscal conservatives. Each group has its own goals and often the group goals conflict with each other. The Republican party is a coalition party.

    That Sullivan, Vigeurie, and Danforth are upset is hardly surprising (especially in the case of Sullivan who has been having a hissy-fit since the FMA got batted around in 2004). It's all part of being a big-tent party.


    a big-tent party? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Edger on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 03:47:40 PM EST
    Part of being a big-tent party...

    ...is buying them off at the registration table.

    What the hell. When you've got nothing else, grease the suckers and make 'em feel good.

    You know? Rethug style.


    Hey Big Ten Republican (none / 0) (#6)
    by aw on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 12:01:03 AM EST
    Lose the stuffed shirt, will you?

    BTD (none / 0) (#2)
    by Che's Lounge on Sun Oct 29, 2006 at 12:02:07 PM EST
    Great selection of quotes. We're not hurting for material these days. Thanks for your work here.

    the republican party has no clothes (none / 0) (#7)
    by Sailor on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 09:32:16 AM EST
    The Republican party is a coalition party.
    demonstrably false, at least IRT the rethugs controlling the party.

    They are not for 'less gov't', they are not 'fiscally conservative'; they are bible thumping, war mongering, homophobic, hate filled folks who care more about protecting sexual predators to raise money for re-elction and  labeling anyone who disagrees with them as traitors than protecting America.