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Miss Me Yet?” Reflections on W. and the Bush-Obama Recession

2010/09/07

Miss W.?

Me neither.  Republicanism as a Brand suffered greatly under Nixon and Ford.  Bush Sr. proved to be the first RINO of this generation – exactly as Reagan had feared, and his son was a Constitutional nightmare.  Thanks to the glorious competence of his political “architect” (better: arch-RINO) and to the liberal-progressive leadership of the Party, many of us in the Republican Party stopped donating entirely to national Republican campaign requests.  The Quiglification of the Republican Party was complete.

Despite a few bones tossed to the libertarian-conservative base during W’s tenancy, dissatisfaction grew as the economy soured under increasing regulation and government spending.  Caving to Henry Paulson and the Fed in October of ’08 during the patently incredible “financial crisis” – and the incompetent apology “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system” drove a lot of Republicans away from the Party into the wilderness.  The Republican Party’s abandonment of it’s principles  gave rise to The Tea Party grass-fire that has spread and continues to grow both politically broader and ideologically deeper.

The joke was so bad that when Rush Limbaugh invited Karl Rove to guest host, it was obvious that Maha-Rushie was tweaking Conservatives… not Liberals. It was even funnier that poor Karl never caught-on.

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We are now at the point where Republicans are beginning to publicly admit that the old-guard has failed us miserably. Stacy McCain:

Bushism and ‘Brand Damage’

Bush’s talk of “compassionate conservatism,” of being a bipartisan “uniter not a divider” who could bring about “a new tone in Washington,” turned out to be a roadmap for unprincipled compromises with liberalism. From the atavistic atrocity known as No Child Left Behind to the abomination of Medicare Part D to the wrongheaded TARP bailout of 2008, George W. Bush spent eight years telling Americans that enacting expensive Big Government measures was “conservative.”

Candidates, too, are distancing themselves from the economic and social policies of the Bush administration:

Republican ‘Young Guns’ critical of Bush legacy and party hierarchy

“The fact is, we had our chance, and we blew it,” – Eric Cantor

Blew it.  Rove and the RNC don’t want to admit ideological and political failure. Chairman Michael Steele understands completely – but the question is whether he has the will and the strength to be an effective agent of return. Running against Obama and the Democrats isn’t enough for long-term success when Republican candidates and their supporters are beginning to recognize the need to run against Bush and the liberal machine.

Slowing-down or even stopping Obama and the Democrats won’t be enough.  The zeitgeist in the Elephant Camp is a yearning for an active unwinding of the “progressive” legislative and regulatory acid-trip…  what Jews refer to as t’shuvah – return to first principles – to the Constitution.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/09/08 01:54

    As far as I’m concerned, Steele needs to resign as RNC chair for the good of the party. I don’t think he’s conservative enough, plus he’s stepped on his di@k too many times. The only reason he was appointed the RNC chair is they needed a token because of Obama.

    A better choice would have been J.C. Watts if a Black RNC chair was deemed necessary. He’s about as conservative as they come and I believe he’s a strong believer in the strict interpretation of the Constitution.

    Mike

  2. 2010/09/08 02:08

    Yeah – thanks.

    I was pulling for Ken Blackwell because, with a libertarian-conservative base, he has the nads to and the energy connect. That, and he’s NRA. What’s not to like?

  3. ccoffer permalink
    2010/09/11 17:38

    Until we on the so called right learn to quit shitting all over our own people, we have little reason to expect any sort of lasting ascendancy. A perfect example is the dumping all over Karl Rove in the above passages. Karl Rove was a campaign guy, not a policy guy. Furthermore, to shit all over Gorge Bush for “selling out” by doing things that were not up to conservative snuff is astoundingly short-sighted in my opinion. Half of the elected government of this country was engaged in an effort cause their own country to lose a war for the sake of nothing more noble than their filthy-ass political party. Just what the hell would we have Bush do? Let them succeed in their evil scheme just for the satisfaction of being able to say he never backed down? Thank God he was more principled than that.

    We are at a precipice. It’s time to grow the hell up.

    Yours in earnest,
    Chuck Coffer

  4. 2010/09/12 03:31

    Chuck –
    Rove was indeed a policy guy, with daily input. He was a stalwart supporter of the fiction that “centrists” want “moderate” Republicans. So much for his skills as an “architect” of “victory.”

    Yeah, so Bush was principled on the War… for which I, too, am grateful.

    But holy crap, brother. Apart from a few choice bones to us, he was a complete freaking disaster on the Fed, on spending, on the Border and immigration, Freddie-Mae Mac-Fannie – and to top it all off, he failed to adequately defend his position on the Wars. Damn right I’ll dump on him.

    I want a new generation of Republicans with libertarian balls in there. Rove and Bush are NOT “our own.” If you have a better solution to the Quigley dilemma, let’s hear it.

  5. 2010/09/12 11:14

    One more thing, Chuck…
    Neither Bushie nor Rove are on a ticket. I would credit a Republican who has shifted his commitments after a few blunders – as I am today. Ryan, for example, doesn’t have an unblemished voting record, but he’s in sync with reality today.

    Make it two: “It’s time to grow the Hell up.” Yes, it is – and that means calling the shots honestly and brutally, wherever they fall. I’m not going to spare Rove or Bush or McCain or Snowe or Voinovitch or any other Quigley liberal screw-up.

    Cheers.

  6. ccoffer permalink
    2010/09/12 14:37

    “he was a complete freaking disaster on the Fed, on spending, on the Border and immigration, “

    This is a perfect illustration of my point. Every word of that statement is pure, pharmaceutical grade bullshit.

    The Fed? What the hell does the president have to do with the Fed? Was Alan Greenspan a “disaster”? How so?

    Spending? Bush’s budget deficits averaged around 4 percent of GDP. That’s historically low. In what retarded-ass universe is that some kind of “disaster”?

    The border? Bush did more at the border than any president in your lifetime, which is why, during his presidency, illegal border crossings were at their lowest level in your lifetime.

    None of these things are secrets. You don’t have to be a friggen mensa member to find these things out. Spend about ten minutes doing some research, man.

    Did Bush make some mistakes? You bet your ass he did. So what? He didn’t despise your country. His opposition did then and does now. Your attitude is an asset to them. You are spreading their talking points. They are using you (successfully!) to distort history in their favor.

    Best,
    Chuck

    • 2010/09/12 19:09

      Thanks Chuck,
      I hear you. But not so fast…

      Greenspan. You want him back? There was a debt-bubble brewing at Freddie-Mae Mac-Fannie and what exactly did you hear about it? Greenie was all over that, huh, urging restraint? Reform in the banking industry? No. What we got was Bernanke, and Freddie macking fanny all over the frickin’ banking system.

      Spending: No Child Left Behind. Senior Drug entitlements. Department of Homeland Redundancy. Hell – name just one big guv department or program that actually shrank relative to inflation or to GDP – take yer pick. This isn’t a Mensa quiz.

      Border: As you say, but woefully inadequate was woefully inadequate. Slice it any way you want, but Bush admitted more illegals net than returned – and the jerk prosecuted Ramos & Compean and left the border wide open just to show he meant business. I’m supposed to be freakin’ grateful? Sorry, I never got into drugs.

      Hey – Bush does still love his country. He was totally right on Saddam and Afghanistan. He was right on the tax cuts – only half right – should have pushed for a lot more, and spending cuts to match. But I digress: Bush was right on SCOTUS – after he got his ass kicked over Myers – and another thing:

      Bush was gracious and patient. He showed a maturity of statesmanship and character that stands in embarrassing contrast to the present.

      Attitude is no asset to to our enemies if support is blind. My point is that Bush wan’t far enough to the libertarian right. The Left can make lemonade with that?

  7. ccoffer permalink
    2010/09/12 23:07

    You are wanting to win an argument. Consider yourself the winner. Consider me the loser.

    Chuck.

    • 2010/09/12 23:18

      Yeah, well, you kick my ass over at Dondero’s now ‘n then. That, and I’m in a foul bloody mood. 9/11 still haunts. Sorry for the crankiness.

      Thanks for your thoughts, Chuck.

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