Do you believe me now?
Bush was never a conservative (in the strict sense of the word). He has played conservatives as fools.
His point man in the House is indicted on charges of conspiracy and now on charges of money laundering. His point man in the Senate has an insider trading investigation hanging over his head. He has run up one of the largest nominal budget deficits in US history. He appointed an ill-qualified man to be the head of the US Federal government's disaster response group. His defence of the war in Iraq has been muted. He has not done enough to promote umbilical cord stem cell research. He has appointed an enigma, John Roberts, to the chair of Chief of the Supreme Court.
Where am I going? Well all of the aforementioned problems have been overlooked by conservatives. We thought that we would have our support recompensed by the nomination of a sterling conservative. There were plenty of candidates. Hispanics, blacks, women and men from different walks of life. Instead we get someone without the judicial experience, an insider, a Bush mate, an old person and most importantly a social enigma. On the first flaw, I thought that Michael Brown would have been ample evidence of the folly of appointing someone without the skill set required, On the second, well, look at the administration. On the third point, look at Rumsfeld. On the fourth point, consider that Bush had the opportunity to set the court to the right for a long period of time - he didn't. On the last flaw, look at Souter.
Sorry. I am really disappointed with this appointment. Republicans will be wiped away come 2006 and 2008. Their support base and volunteers activists will stay at home with the family than go out and help another Jimmy Carter.
God save the Queen.