Bush Has Destroyed The Republican Party

No, I didn’t say that. Peggy Noonan did.

George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues.Were there other causes? Yes, of course. But there was an immediate and essential cause.

Really? Because Fred Thompson is out of the race? Really?

There are some that disagree, like Capt’n Ed (whom you already know I respect).

I love Peggy Noonan’s commentary, but this is a little over the top. The party has lost exactly one national cycle in the last four. I don’t consider them dead after a single setback, and anyone who does appears more interested in garnering attention than in providing trenchant analysis.It doesn’t mean we don’t have trouble, but Noonan’s wrong to lay the whole thing on Bush.

I guess there’s people in this great country of ours that really believe we would have been better off with the Very Reverend Al Gore as president these last eight years. But I’ll tell ya, every second Sunday in September, the music director at my church plays a song entitled “Bright September Morn”, and every time, I want to cry again. No, despite my opinions on federal spending budgets, supreme court justice nominations and amnesty for illegal immigrants, George Bush was still the right man in the right place on that day. If the Republican Party just ain’t what it used to be under Reagan, then that’s because it managed to change itself to something like John McCain’s party, or perhaps Mitt Romney’s party.

And given their voting records, the question bears asking – is it really so different after all?

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