|01-31-2005, 04:09 AM||#1|
Mo' holla fo' yo' dolla!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: In a bunker in an undisclosed location
Noonan, other right-wingers turn on Bush
Props to these repubs for at least making overtures to putting country before party loyalty.
Buckley's anxieties are shared by Tucker Carlson, the bow-tied conservative pundit, who says he is "ashamed" of his initial support for a war that he now calls "a total nightmare and disaster."
And other conservatives are openly deriding Bush's aspirations for global democratization; commentator Peggy Noonan, the Reagan special assistant, writes that Bush may be suffering "mission inebriation," and that he risks exposing himself abroad to accusations of "conceit, immaturity or impetuousness."
That kind of talk has been scarce on Capitol Hill, where most conservative members remain reluctant to question their own party's president in wartime. But the unity has cracked. Howard Coble, dean of the North Carolina Republican delegation - and a die-hard conservative whose district voted 2-1 for Bush in 2000 and 2004 - has declared that he is "fed up" with the U.S. casualties, that Congress should have asked tougher questions during the prelude to war, and that a U.S. withdrawal scenario should now be on the table.