Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Whine Seller

David Keene of the American Conservative Union joins the chorus of poor pitiful conservatives who feel so put-upon and betrayed by the Bush administraion.

What is most troubling about this whole affair, however, is the way the administration has gone about trying to demonize conservatives who have raised questions about Ms. Miers. It began from day one to attack personally the motives, loyalty and judgment of anyone who questioned the wisdom of the nomination. Since then, the ad hominem attacks on Miers’s conservative critics have been unconscionably heavy-handed and will haunt the president regardless of how the nomination fight turns out.

Most conservatives have stood with Bush from the beginning. Those of us who know him like him. We’ve swallowed policies we might otherwise have objected to because we’ve believed that he and those around him are themselves conservatives trying to do the right thing against sometimes terrible odds. We’ve been there for him because we’ve considered ourselves part of his team.

No more.

From now on, this administration will find it difficult to muster support on the right without explaining why it should be forthcoming. The days of the blank check have ended because no thinking conservative really wants to be part of a team that requires marching in lock step without question or thought, even if it is headed by the president of the United States.

Well, David, BTYFO (‘Bout Time You Found Out). You’re finally seeing what happens when you mess with the people you put in office. You’re finding out that they don’t give a flying rat’s ass about you or the people you represent, and if they thought that they could get into power by — to quote Charles Colson — walking over their own grandmother, they’d do it; their only worry would be what it might do to their shoes. The only reason they aligned themselves with the conservatives is because they know they’re well-organized, have a lot of money, and follow orders. If they thought they could get that from the liberals they’d be eating tofu and hosting the Gay Pride Parade in Key West.

And it’s not like you didn’t have fair warning. Ask John McCain what the Bush campaign did to him in the South Carolina primary in 2000. Look at what they did to John Kerry with the Swift Boat Veterans. Look at any number of people that have been bloodied and bullied by them and look at what they had in common: they dared to challenge the Bush clique. Get in line, fella.

Oh, by the way, I love your threat about not joining in lockstep with the administration any more. Really? Where are you going to go now?

(HT to archy)