Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bush loses Texas support, base is branding him a "liberal"

This is news to me, but apparently Bush has a negative net approval in Texas. His rating is down to 42%, though it's been lower. However I also found some other interesting tidbits. Only 3 states remain in overall support of Bush, and his base is rapidly eroding. My, how times have changed.

This wasn't intended to be a post laden with schadenfreude, I do have a point. I've heard many folks theorize about the manner in which conservatives will turn against Bush, and now I'm starting to believe them. My belated belief is due to the initially outlandish suggestion that conservatives will label Bush a liberal! The arguments are compelling, but I didn't think they would hold true.

  • "In conservative intellectual discourse there is no such thing as a bad conservative. Conservatism never fails. It is only failed." - Rick Perlstein
  • "There is no such thing as a bad conservative. 'Conservative' is a magic word that applies to those who are in other conservatives' good graces. Until they aren't. At which point they are liberals." - the inimitable Digby
Bush has failed the "true conservative way", whatever that happens to be at the moment. It's obviously not fiscal discipline or international isolationism, and they've been awfully quiet on Iraq and terrorism lately. Even gay marriage is being muted by the likes of Laura Bush, though some believe that's just a prop for the appearance of "internal dialogue" that doesn't exist.

No, this time the issue is immigration. And even before Bush's speech last night there were some from within his own base discussing impeachment. They declared that Bush is violating his obligation to protect this country because his stance on immigration is too soft in their eyes. After his speech last night, there's significantly growing discontent in his base. Read some excerpts on what the rightwing community is saying about Bush.

Wow.... they're actually calling him a liberal. And while it's good to see his support eroding just as his administration tries to cement their truly cynical manipulations of this country's political infrastructure, it's disappointing to see that in the minds of the rightwing it's not their ideology that has failed but rather their leader. As such, we can't count on these people to learn from their mistakes.

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