The Bush White House has turned into the Nixon White House – complete with Harriet Miers as its Rosemary Woods, with an 18-year gap in her credentials.
As president, Nixon imposed wage and price controls, created the Environmental Protection Agency, initiated race-based hiring schemes, signed SALT I with the Soviets and instituted rapprochement with the Red Chinese. All of this resulted in liberals ... despising him even more!
After five years of Nixon's ignoring conservatives – where else would they go? – when liberals came after him for Watergate, conservatives ignored Nixon. (As the details of Nixon's "dirty tricks" came out, conservative columnist Stan Evans reportedly told Pat Buchanan: "I want to apologize for all my attacks upon your administration. I would never have done that if I had known you were into all that good stuff we've been hearing about lately.")
For five years, Bush has initiated massive spending programs, obstinately refused to protect the borders and signed restrictions on political speech into law. His veto pen remains unopened and unused in its original shrink-wrapped case. Bush treats conservatives like the Democrats treat the blacks (which is to say, pretty badly).
Conservatives were unhappy, but we were confident Bush would never let us down on the two issues that mattered more than anything else: the war on terrorism and the Supreme Court.
And now, although Bush has been bold and strong against the terrorists, it is beyond question that he has betrayed conservative hopes for the Supreme Court.
The way Bush has been attacking his base lately, he better hope liberals start to love him. There aren't going to be a lot of conservatives left to defend him if someone in the White House gets indicted or something. (But at least he can always count on Fox News analysts!)
When conservatives erupted in pain and rage that the president had thrown away a Supreme Court seat on his personal lawyer – because she's a girl and Laura wanted a girl – administration flacks snippily informed right-wing activists that they didn't get a vote. Only senators vote on judicial nominees (that is, whenever Democrats allow it).
Next, the Bush White House accused conservatives of elitism and sexism for opposing the former Texas Lottery commissioner for the Supreme Court.