From Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker over at the Washington Post
A remarkably accurate and objective column considering the publication, VandeHei and Baker consolidate the results of several recent polls to paint a rather gloomy (but again, accurate) picture of today's once Grand Old Party.
"Disaffection over spending and immigration have caused conservatives to take flight from President Bush and the Republican Congress at a rapid pace in recent weeks, sending Bush's approval ratings to record lows and presenting a new threat to the GOP's 12-year reign on Capitol Hill..."
Yep, no surprise there.
"Since Bush took office, government spending has increased by more than 25 percent, the largest increase under any president since Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson."
Undoubtedly Bush II had to work hard for that legacy but I think it a tad unlikely that anyone will mention it fondly...or outside of say, an impeachment hearing.
"Conservative voters are saying they want swift congressional action to secure the border and enforce immigrations laws..."
And the numbers are...
"A new Zogby Interactive poll found that fewer than 25 percent of respondents who described themselves as conservative or very conservative approved of Bush's handling of the immigration debate."
That's pathetic...true, but pathetic.
So what in the world are they going to do?
According to VandeHei and Baker, this is the plan:
"Karl Rove, Bush's top political adviser, and GOP leaders are well aware of the problem and are planning a summer offensive to win back conservatives with a mix of policy fights and warnings of how a Democratic Congress would govern. The plan includes votes on tax cuts, a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, new abortion restrictions, and measures to restrain government spending."
Great...the if-you-think-we're-bad-look-at-the-alternative strategy.
As my dear Terry Anderson (email him) said the other night on his show "The lesser of two evils—that's like picking the best turd out of a toilet bowl."
(You can listen to more of his brilliant commentary every Sunday at 9PM on KRLA AM870. Click here to listen live online.)
At first, I thought the Rove and Co. completely missed the immigration factor...but I was wrong.
When I finished reading this column, I turned to look at the rest of the news and there it was: The Republican strategy for immigration reform!
From an AP article by Suzanne Gamboa:
Senators Agree to Revive Immigration Bill, May 11, 2006
"Senate leaders reached a deal Thursday on reviving a broad immigration bill that could provide millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens and said they'll try to pass it before Memorial Day."
Majority Leader and presidential hopeful Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) is running the show.
"Frist said the Senate will send 14 Republicans and 12 Democrats to negotiate with the House, with seven of the Republicans and five Democrats coming from the Judiciary Committee."
Hmm...you might recall that this is the same committee that approved the McCain/Kennedy amnesty plan.
(Read about it here)
Senator Frist and the White House want this done by Memorial Day so we have 18 days stop them!
The Senate has announced they will resume debate next week so check back in with VDARE.com BLOG where I will be posting live updates for our readers. (Just bookmark the page and save yourself some time!)
As I indicated in the title, the lack of conservative principles within the GOP leadership is disturbing and could be explained by alien abduction—assuming of course they had any conservative principles to begin with.
Then again, maybe they just don't care.