10/27/2005: Ann Coulter, my favorite fellow right-winger, speaks for me regarding Bush’s current problems.
Why he has insisted on flipping off his conservative base is puzzling. We know Michael Moore, Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, and Molly Ivins will always have an axe to grind with him; however, it’s the conservatives who are all but ready to throw him overboard.
Mr. President, we applaud your tax cuts, your willingness to take the fight to terrorists and Islammunist thugs, and your willingness to take on Social Security and tax reform.
We also applaud most of your court picks: Janice Rodgers Brown, Priscilla Owen, Charles Pickering, and Miguel Estrada each represent outstanding commitment to judicial excellence, conservative style. For that reason, most of us gave you a pass with John Roberts. Even though he would not have been a first choice of most of us, we have no doubt–based on the breadth of his career and his performance before the Senate–that he will make a fine Chief Justice.
However, we have some serious gripes.
(1) Your spending record makes LBJ look like Scrooge. You let Ted Kennedy foist the largest expansion in education spending on Americans–compounding a problem of bureaucracy by creating more of it. You have yet to veto any spending bills. You have shown no willingness to hold the line on pork spending.
(2) Your lackluster approach to immigration reform. We realize that the INS is the most mismanaged organization in the federal government. But immigration is a national security issue. We need to ID them when they come. When their visas expire, they need to go. With Mexicans, we need to ID them, require them to pay taxes, learn English, and abide by our laws. That also means no welfare!
(3) Harriet Miers. I wanted to give you the benefit of a doubt on Miers. God knows I tried. I figured your batting average was good on court picks, so Miers deserved consideration. Trouble is, she’s not even in the ballpark on Constitutional matters. Conservatives are fed up with Kennedys and Souters. Miers may have been conservative, but she wasn’t in the same league with Priscilla Owen, Janice Rodgers Brown, Karen Williams, Edith Jones, Michael Luttig, or Harvie Wilkinson. A more established scholar was needed.
Now, you are on the verge of possible indictments against some of your key people. If that happens, you will need the support of your base.
How can you gain this if you are always flipping off the people who elected you?
If you want to have success in your second term, you will need to listen to your base.
(1) Conservatives are largely principle-driven. Falwell and Robertson do not speak for the bulk of religious conservatives. (The two of them are ideologues.) In spite of what mainstream news media believe, the large bulk of us think for ourselves. We are well-educated, and well-informed. For court nominations, we want conservatives–originalists–who have the track record to boot.
For SCOTUS picks, think Luttig, Brown, Owen, Jones, Williams, Wilkinson. Then watch the right go to war for you.
(2) You need someone like Michael Yon to make the case for what we are doing in Iraq. Americans are fighting a two-front war: we are winning in Iraq, but losing to the New York Times. You need someone of Michael Yon’s stature to be your spokesperson. Right now, your people over here are not making the case.
(3) If no one on your staff is indicted, then pick up the tax reform fight and take it to the wall. We’ve heard enough talk. We don’t need a task force: we need someone with a vision. Take the flat tax or the fair tax–I recommend the latter–and go on a full-court press. Hit Congress hard on this. They can either be a Body that changes the world, or they can be a group of useless schmucks who resemble the very bums we threw out 11 years ago.
Basically, our problem with you is that you have turned into a wuss. If that is Karl Rove’s doing, you need to send him packing, indictment or no indictment.