GOP: Goodbye Old Pal

As the NY Times was featuring another -- I'm being charitable here -- unhelpful, nutritionless article with that straight-from-the-White-House-press-outreach feel, Brent Budowsky was busy setting up the 2006 elections with a meaty post featuring things like:

I challenge any honorable conservative to disagree and debate on even one of these points: The George Bush Republican Party is the Party of Big Government, Big Spending, Big Budget Deficits, Big Trade Deficits, Big Current Account Deficits, Big National Debt, Big Brother, Big Oil and Big Scandal.
The Times article, acknowledging that only 73 people are still behind the president, bravely set out to find them and breathlessly record their platitudinous words of support: "I like George Bush because he is God fearing."


Budowsky continues:
It has been said that Karl Rove is "Bush's Brain". The more important question is: Who is Bush's conscience? With half of America in a state of total outrage, with independent America turning in 80% numbers against the status quo and with growing unrest among conservatives, what is the Bush-Rove response? Well, its their old standby, lets demonize the gays!
And: I would challenge any conservative to disagree and debate on any of this: Whatever the merits of the Iraq war, George Bush has done major damage to the readiness, recruitment, and morale of the Army, Marine Corps, National Guard, Reserves, CIA. As Hurricane Season arrives we remember that four years after 9-11 his disaster preparedness was so incompetent that an outraged Nation watched good people die in New Orleans because they were too poor, too elderly, too young, too handicapped and too weak to protect themselves and those who should have protected, did not.
Christy Hardin Smith, who gets the hat tip for finding the post, writes: "And a note to everyone, whatever their political stripes, be they citizen or media or both or whatever: watch what they do, not the sleight of hand of what they say or the backdrop they choose. You cannot wrap yourself in flag and country while at the same time stomp on Constitution with your actions." (WashingtonNote, FDL)

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