The Honeymoon May Be Over
Given this initial response from conservatives on Bush's latest Supreme Court pick, it seems likely that Bush's honeymoon with pro-life conservatives may finally be coming to an end as they realize that he failed to keep his promise to appoint social conservatives to the Supreme Court.
There has been increasing conservative unrest stemming from Bush's proposal to amnesty millions of illegal immigrants, his failure to veto even one liberal spending bill in nearly five years of being President and his budget breaking proposal to provide $200 billion in federal aid help rebuild New Orleans. Together with tens of billions of dollars budgeted for the badly mismanaged war in Iraq, this threatens to increase next year's federal budget deficit to half a trillion dollars. In response to the demoralization he and many conservatives have felt in response to the Miers nomination, Bill Kristol posed the question, "What are the prospects for holding solid GOP majorities in Congress in 2006 if conservatives are demoralized?" This is the important issue we need to be asking. Bush's latest betrayal of conservatives may spell trouble for Republican efforts to retain their hard-won majority in both houses of Congress in next fall's election by depressing the turnout of the GOP's conservative base without which it cannot win elections.