Former Bush speechwriter David Frum looks aghast at the Bush legacy:
It also has to be admitted: Many of us on the conservative side have fed this monster. (Rightly) aghast at the abuse of expertise by liberal judges, liberal bureaucrats and liberal academics, we have sometimes over-reacted by denying the importance of expertise altogether.
“‘Heart’ is crucial,” one of George W. Bush’s early evangelical supporters argued in a 2005 newspaper column. This same writer accused those conservatives who questioned Bush’s “faith-based initiative” of having “holes in their souls.”
So now instead of holes in our souls, we conservatives are getting candidates with holes in their heads.
And as is always the case with this crowd, someone else will have to clean up the mess.
HT to Andrew Sullivan.