Just a couple years ago Peggy Noonan was rapturously in love with George W. Bush. Now she's pegged him as the slayer of the conservative coalition.
What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition. This is sad, and it holds implications not only for one political party but for the American future.
Leading Democrats often think
their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right
place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is
in the wrong place.
For almost three years, arguably
longer, conservative Bush supporters have felt like sufferers of
battered wife syndrome. You don't like endless gushing spending, the
kind that assumes a high and unstoppable affluence will always exist,
and the tax receipts will always flow in? Too bad! You don't like
expanding governmental authority and power? Too bad. You think the war
was wrong or is wrong? Too bad.
But on immigration it has changed from "Too bad" to "You're bad."
As a loyal American, proud liberal and card carrying member of the DNC I have a response to this:
Butter on mine, please.