The Anchoress » OK, Anchoress, why so optimistic?: "Bush is a man living a creed before he is the president. He is the president of the whole country before he is a republican. He is a republican before he is a conservative.
Conservatives, especially, really forgot that this year, when they crucified him for daring to nominate Harriet Miers, for the Dubai deal and immigration. While Bush has always been consistent (he’s always been exactly who he is), suddenly the good things he’d done were not enough, and we had to endure the spectacle of Bush’s cock-sure “pure conservative betters” in the press and some blogs throw him under the bus.
Kind of interesting, really. President Bush has always been a center-right man, the left painted him as a far-right nazi, and the far-right said he wasn’t conservative enough.
Whether they like to admit it or not, that partly contributed to his general unpopularity, which directly contributed to this loss.
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