Bush the liberal President?
The GOP voters are mad at Bush and are taking it ou on the Republican candidates, because he is apparently too liberal for their taste. And they do have a point. "Republican candidates yesterday paid the price for President Bush's move to the left exhibited by his expansion of government programs, power and spending at the expense of personal, religious and economic freedom. He has not been in sync with conservatives, who are the mainstream of American voters, on immigration and too many other policies," said Richard Viguerie, whose ConservativeHQ.com recently surveyed 5,305 conservative activists and donors. "Voters rejected the politics of compromise by President Bush and the Republican leadership, and want a more principled, populist direction within the GOP," Viguerie continued. Sixty-nine percent polled said that President Bush is not governing as a conservative, and gave him a grade of D for "controlling government spending." Eighty percent said they were either "disappointed or angry" with the GOP- controlled Congress, giving them a grade of D+. Ouch... Wait, there is more. "To save his presidency and prevent devastating Republican losses in '06, President Bush needs to take drastic action by replacing most of his White House policy personnel with effective, principled conservatives. He should start by replacing his chief of staff, Andrew Card," continued Viguerie, who invoked the maxim used by Ronald Reagan -- "personnel is policy." Viguerie hailed Governor Schwarzenegger, "for starting the debate in California about government waste and abuse against strongly entrenched, Hollywood-funded, liberal special interests. He exposed leaders who stand for government waste and abuse, and that's a good start for long-term reform." Viguerie added, "The positive, populist message of conservatives, ala Ronald Reagan, must be the theme for the GOP. That starts with exposing liberal hypocrisies and rejecting 'me-too' politics of the left. Raising taxes is not fiscal responsibility amid growing government spending. President Bush's ratings are not low for acting like a conservative. They're low for not. Voters will respond favorably to political battles over principle." And they are kind of right there, because being on the conservative side is not all about abortion and gay marriage, no matter how much opprutunists on both sides would like it to be. Being conservative is about discipline, it's about fiscal responsbility, it's about less government powers. Bush has expanded the government programs, the deficit, and gave the government way more powers then any liberal would've dreamed of giving it. Bush needs to become more Reagan-like if he is to revive his popularity, other wise he is doomed.