Saturday, April 10, 2004

Another conservative sickened by this Administration's policies, part IV

Hat tip to Talking Points Memo who points to Pinkerton's column saying the President wasn't sufficiently focused on Terrorism pre-911.

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According to White House speechwriter turned memoirist David Frum, that summer Bush "did something I had never seen him do: he brooded." Yet the issue wasn't terror; it seems it was stem cell research. On Aug. 9, Bush gave his first primetime policy speech to the nation - on the topic of embryos. After that, according to Frum, Bush launched a "mini-political campaign" that took him out on the stump.

And we all know what happened the following month.

What we don't know is the precise sequence of events that led to the government's Pearl Harbor-like cluelessness on 9/11. But there's at least a chance now, as documents are revealed and as officials testify under oath, that we'll find out. In the meantime, here's a prediction, based on what we know already: Bush won't dare show more 9/11 images in his campaign ads.

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As Talking Points Memo points out Pinkerton is a "former George H.W. Bush staffer and a Republican". If you add in as well as the news that of all people Novak may becoming a channel for conservative dissent against White House policy then this bit of news qualifies for a special edition my running series of "Another conservative sickened by this Administration's policies".

LBJ realized that he was losing political support when even middle of the road broadcasters turned against supporting the Vietnam War. A month later, Johnson shocked even his closest associates by announcing, at the end of a speech about the war, that he would not seek re-election in the fall. He reportedly had concluded after the CBS special that if he had "lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America."

What I have to say is that if George W. Bush has lost Bill O'Reilly and Bob Novak, then he's lost conservative America much less middle America.

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