Glenn has a go at the wingnut weasels:
What is going on here, quite transparently, is not any assertion by conservatives of their alleged “principles,” but rather a craven rehabilitation project. Bush’s presidency cannot be salvaged, but the reputation of conservatives and conservatism can be — but only by separating the former from the latter.
During the years of 2002 through 2004, George Bush was venerated like few other Presidents, spoken of in terms so reverent that at times it seemed almost improper to criticize him. And it was American conservatives leading these virtual canonization rituals.
Such sudden “recognition” that Bush is not a true conservative is transparently prompted by the collapse of the Bush presidency[.]
So many wingnuts are trying to salvage their loathesome ideology from Bush’s abject failure; he’s gone over the cliff and they are just hanging on, trying to get a grip so that they don’t fall with him. All they can claw at in this endeavor is the position that Bush has betrayed conservatism, is not a conservative, conservatism is not responsible for Bush, conservatism is actually viable and popular and should not suffer unduly for Bush’s incompetence.
Don’t let ‘em do it! Kick them off the edge! Smash their fingers! And Glenn does just that, quoting these wingnut pundits’ servile comments when Bush was popular, all of them saying in effect that Bush was a paragon of conservatism. But now that his numbers are in the tank, the weasels are trying to revise their own history. “Suddenly” Bush is not a conservative. Glenn singles out Rich Lowry, Peggy Noonan, Robert Novak, Doughy Pantload.
Well, Sadly, No!’s specialty is extreme wingnuttery. And what’s more extreme than weaselly revisionist history? What’s worse than ‘suddenly’ discovering that Bush is ‘no longer’ a conservative? Ahh, that would be the claim that Bush was never a conservative, was a rank-rodent, liberal-in-disguise all along! I present, ladies and gentlemen, Mark Steyn:
Just to clarify my own position, I disagree with the President on illegal immigration but I can’t honestly say that he “betrayed” me. Most of the stuff the base is mad about are things he openly championed in the 2000 race. He ran the most pro-Mexican, pro-federalization-of-education, pro-prescription-drugs-for-seniors campaign of any Republican Presidential candidate ever. The convention in Philadelphia was a non-stop riot of mariachi bands playing the Cucaracha alternating with cucaracha bands playing the Mariachi. I bumped into my own Senator, Bob Smith of New Hampshire, in downtown Philly and asked him how he was enjoying it. He said he’d tried to get in but he’d been denied entry. That’s how multicultural and diversity-celebrating it was: guys with suspicious names like “Bob Smith” couldn’t even get past security.
President Bush has, broadly speaking, governed as he said he would seven years ago.
But even that is mild compared to Vox Day, for whom accusations that Bush always was a liberal are too timid to bother with. No, Vox says that Bush was always a socialist!
None of these former Bush cultists can admit that Dear Leader was the bee’s knees, gave them exactly what they wanted, was a living God, was the acme of conservatism. Because to admit that is to admit the fact that what they believe in — their ‘principles’, their ideology, all of which Bush personified — sucks and is a menace to humanity. It’s our job to deny them their grip, to kick them off the cliff along with Dear Leader. Because if we don’t, they’ll just find another Dear Leader, and the Cult will be restored. No mercy. Fuck these people.