Hopefully the rest of the 23% who voted for Bush but no longer approve of his handling of our nation will repent in the near future, leaving the under 30% left supporting the worst president since my mother was born (1930) to misunderstand the nature of conservatism, foreign and domestic policy, faith and politics, war and peace and America's place in the world.
I have noticed a number of former Bushites repenting or coming clean with their negative assessments lately. You should use these quotes on your blogs (if they are read by Bushheads) or email them to your Bushonista acquaintances. Some of these people cut deeply because they believe so strongly in the conservative agenda Bush sold them in 2000 like Robert Tilton sells salvation to rural widows.
As many of you know Matthew Dowd, former strategist for Bush publicly disavowed his former support for Bush, seeing that the Bush he helped elect is not the Bush in the White House. Seeing W's lack of leadership in wake of Katrina, his refusal to meet Cindy Sheehan, and gross mismanagement of the War (along with the goodwill of the world after 9/11), Dowd says this,
"I had finally come to the conclusion that maybe all these things along do add up... That it's not the same, it's not the person I thought."
Also we have Vic Gold, advisor to Goldwater and Agnew (these are older Republican leaders today's Bushies may have never heard of), friend to and biographer of H W Bush. He believes George W and his minions are the biggest threat to conservatism and America's future in his lifetime. He tells us this,
"For all the Rove-built facade about his being a "strong" chief executive, George W. Bush has been, by comparison to even the hapless Jimmy Carter, the weakest, most out of touch president in modern times. Think Dan Quayle in cowboy boots."
Lastly we have the Dark Knight of conservative pundits, Robert Novak, a huge Bush supporter in the past. Even he is disillusioned telling us how bad Bush has become,
"With nearly two years remaining in his presidency, George W. Bush is alone. In half a century, I have not seen a president so isolated from his own party in Congress - not Jimmy Carter, not even Richard Nixon as he faced impeachment."
Come on Bushheads, can you not see the:
- He is now holding troops hostage in Iraq to get the funding he wants with no accountability, of course.
- He is destroying the National Guard by redeploying it with little or no rest (no time in history has been harder on the NG and reserves). America cannot handle this war and the military is being stretched so thin we are becoming a vulnerable laughing stock to our future enemies. These tour extensions and short rotations are not troop support. Bush and his poor war planning are advocating the wholesale destruction of the military and its morale in ways the Democrats, pacifists and the "mainstream media" could never do.
- He is hurting (maybe irreparably) military families by extending tours of duty to 15 months.
- Our economy suffers, as well as the NG and reserve families due to lost wages while deployed.
- He continues to tell us we will be followed by terrorists to America if we leave Iraq. So, I guess he is telling us that he has done a terrible job keeping America safe if it is easy for them to follow us home. What are the going to do, hitch rides on the planes and ships returning to the US?
- Don't you see how dangerous he has made the world for America through his misguided war and emboldening of terrorists through his foreign policy blunders and cowboy management style?
If you have a favorite quote from a former supporter, feel free to post it in the comments section.