When People At National Review Are Leaving The Republican Party, We’ve Got Big Problems…

When you’re reading posts like this at National Review of all places, you have to take it as a really bad omen for the GOP’s chances in 2006:

“I’m disgruntled, too, and I’m going to get it all of my chest this morning: I’ve never voted for a Democrat in a general election in my life, and I don’t expect to anytime soon, but it’s been impossible for me over the past couple of years to get enthused about the Republican party. I voted for President Bush twice, and contributed to his campaign twice, but held my nose when I did it the second time. I don’t consider myself a Republican any longer. Thanks to this Administration and the Republicans in Congress, the Republican Party today is the party of pork-barrel spending, Congressional corruption — and, I know folks on this web site don’t want to hear it, but deep down they know it’s true — foreign and military policy incompetence. Frankly, speaking of incompetence, I think this Administration is the most politically and substantively inept that the nation has had in over a quarter of a century. The good news about it, as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s almost over.” — George Conaway

Actually, I think George Bush has done an excellent job handling foreign policy under some extremely difficult circumstances and although I don’t have a lot of kind words for W’s domestic policy or his political acumen in his 2nd term, I think Conaway is being too tough on him.

Still, unless W. wants to spend the rest of his term backpedaling, under political fire, he needs to change his attitude, he needs to change his strategery, and he needs to change some of his policies to bring conservatives back on board. There are a lot of George Conaways out there and George Bush cannot afford to write them off.

The good news is that most disaffected Republicans WANT to believe that they’re judging George Bush too harshly. The bad news is that if George Bush doesn’t make some big changes in the way he’s doing business, he’s going to have a lot of trouble bringing these people back into the fold. Bush and the GOP in Washington need to understand that the clock is ticking, the hour is late, and if they’re going turn things around in time for November, they don’t have a moment to spare.

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