Friday, June 01, 2007

Not Alone

For some time now I have felt an increasing disquiet with the Administration. Unlike many, I'm not upset over the war or its cost. I'm upset because the President hasn't done anything to forward the conservative cause. Nothing. The only feather in the cap was two conservative Supreme Court Justices, and that was the result of conservatives being willing to commit hari kari over Harriet Myers. WTF? Anyway, I have felt pretty alone in this feeling. I haven't reached out to other conservatives or even taken much time to read about this subject... until today. Today I read the lovely Peggy Noonan's piece on this subject. It says in part:

"The White House doesn't need its traditional supporters anymore, because its problems are way beyond being solved by the base. And the people in the administration don't even much like the base. Desperate straits have left them liberated, and they are acting out their disdain." [squirrel emphasis] Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.

For almost three years, arguably longer, conservative Bush supporters have felt like sufferers of battered wife syndrome. You don't like endless gushing spending, the kind that assumes a high and unstoppable affluence will always exist, and the tax receipts will always flow in? Too bad! You don't like expanding governmental authority and power? Too bad. You think the war was wrong or is wrong? Too bad.

But on immigration it has changed from "Too bad" to "You're bad."

The president has taken to suggesting that opponents of his immigration bill are unpatriotic--they "don't want to do what's right for America." His ally Sen. Lindsey Graham has said, "We're gonna tell the bigots to shut up." On Fox last weekend he vowed to "push back." Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested opponents would prefer illegal immigrants be killed; Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said those who oppose the bill want "mass deportation." Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said those who oppose the bill are "anti-immigrant" and suggested they suffer from "rage" and "national chauvinism."

At least I don't feel crazy. I'm not the only conservative that is ready to tar and feather. No wonder the RNC is freaking out. Not one red penny from the Squirrels, you jerks.