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Monday, August 21, 2006

Some Conservative Pundits Losing Faith In Bush by Joe Gandelman "The Moderate Voice"



Not a good sign for President George Bush. According to the Washington Post, some conservative or generally supportive pundits are starting to turn on him:
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For
10 minutes, the talk show host grilled his guests about whether "George
Bush's mental weakness is damaging America's credibility at home and
abroad." For 10 minutes, the caption across the bottom of the
television screen read, "IS BUSH AN 'IDIOT'?"



But the host was no liberal media elitist. It was Joe Scarborough, a
former Republican congressman turned MSNBC political pundit. And his
answer to the captioned question was hardly "no." While other
presidents have been called stupid, Scarborough said: "I think George
Bush is in a league by himself. I don't think he has the intellectual
depth as these other people."
He must be a RINO. MORE:
These
have been tough days politically for President Bush, what with his
popularity numbers mired in the 30s and Republican candidates
distancing themselves as elections near. He can no longer even rely as
much on once-friendly voices in the conservative media to stand by his
side, as some columnists and television commentators lose faith in his
leadership and lose heart in the war in Iraq.



While most conservative media figures have not abandoned Bush,
influential opinion-makers increasingly have raised questions,
expressed doubts or attacked the president outright, particularly on
foreign policy, on which he has long enjoyed their strongest support.
In some cases, they have complained that Bush has drifted away from
their shared principles; in other cases, they think it is the
implementation that has fallen short. In most instances, Iraq figures
prominently.



"Conservatives for a long time were in protective mode, wanting to
emphasize the progress in Iraq to contrast what they felt was an unfair
attack on the war by the Democrats and media and other sources," Rich
Lowry, editor of the National Review, said in an interview. "But
there's more of a sense now that things are on a downward trajectory,
and more of a willingness to acknowledge it and pressure the
administration to react to it."
The Post
rattles off a list of Punditry V.I.P-dom that seems to be abandoning
the ship of lockstep loyalty so quickly that you'd expect George Bush
is poised on top of the White House shouting: "I'm King of the World!!"




Among the people The Post cites as heading to the lifeboats:



--Quin Hillyer, executive editor of the American Spectator



--National Review and conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr.



--Columnist George Will



--New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman (who isn't a conservative
but supported the war but now feels staying the course is "pointless.")



It quotes White House press spokesman Tony Snow as saying what's going
on is understandable, given doubts about the war and notes that Snow is
doing what he can to shore up the President's credibility — by
appearing on the Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity Shows.



In case you haven't guessed, Rush and Sean are sticking solidly by the President.
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source: The Moderate Voice

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