Bruce Bartlett, a veteran of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations — and therefore no flaming liberal — on the conservatives beating up on President Obama:
In my opinion, conservative activists, who seem to believe that the louder they shout the more correct their beliefs must be, are less angry about Obama’s policies than they are about having lost the White House in 2008. They are primarily Republican Party hacks trying to overturn the election results, not representatives of a true grassroots revolt against liberal policies. If that were the case they would have been out demonstrating against the Medicare drug benefit, the Sarbanes-Oxley bill, and all the pork-barrel spending that Bush refused to veto.
Until conservatives once again hold Republicans to the same standard they hold Democrats, they will have no credibility and deserve no respect. They can start building some by admitting to themselves that Bush caused many of the problems they are protesting. [Emphasis added.]
Mr. Bartlett is expecting conservative whiners to act like grown-ups, accept the fact that they lost the election, and work to repair the damage. Dream on, Mr. Bartlett, dream on.