Peggy Noonan: Bush Has Killed The Con Coalition

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.