Mark Levin over at the Corner at National Review has a great post on why George Bush is losing his Conservative base. While Conservatives will support him on the war, the big government, pro Amnesty for illegal immigrants, and his support for many things that go against the grain of Conservatives across the country are creating too much angst.
I know it is for me. It may explain the rise of support for Fred Thompson, who espouses a much more conservative agenda that the average person can relate to. If George Bush loses the base it will make it much easier for candidates like Thompson to run against Bush and the Democrats and puts the McCains in a box as they will be espousing a very unpopular agenda.
I think conservatives have gone a long way with the president. They rallied to him especially after 9/11, especially at a time of war, and especially given that the anti-war movement (led by the Democratic party) is so extreme and dangerous. Most conservatives have defended vigorously the president’s intelligence and law-enforcement efforts, from GITMO to NSA intercepts. But I don’t believe the president would have received the kind of support he has received from the conservative base, for as long as he has received it, had we not been attacked. But there is a breaking point. And for some, that point has been reached. J-Pod wrote a column last week arguing that if the war had been going better, conservatives would be more tolerant. He might be right.
However, many conservatives believe an intervention is necessary now or in 2008 the Democrats may well retain Congress and pick up the presidency. President Bush is the leader of the party, in charge of the RNC, and for the most part sets the national agenda. And apart from the war (although there’s a growing voice of dissent in that regard) much of the national agenda is seen as misplaced (amnesty) and reactive (global warming). via National Review Online.