When will the Repubs finally reach their breaking point with Bush?And finally it appears that the Republican Party has just about reached that precipice. It's not because they still haven't found Osama Bin Ladin. It's not because we haven't found any WMD's or connection between Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein. It's not because of Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, massive voter fraud, the forged Niger documents, school drop-outs, 51 ignored FAA Warnings about Al Qaeda Highjackings, intelligent design, the bungled flu-vaccine, skyrocketing deficits, increased abortions, explosive government spending or even the tragic aftermath of Katrina.
It's because of Harriet Miers.
Right-Wing Conservatives have finally begun to throw Bush under the Bus. In his most recent Salon column former Clinton White House official Sidney Blumenthal points out that conservatives are turning on Bush, despite the fact that...
George Will - Such is the perfect perversity of the nomination of Harriet Miers that it discredits, and even degrades, all who toil at justifying it.
Ann Coulter - I have finally hit upon a misdeed by the Bush administration so outrageous, so appalling, so egregious, I am calling for a bipartisan commission with subpoena power to investigate: Who told the president to nominate Harriet Miers? The commission should also be charged with getting an answer to this question: Who was his second choice?
Robert Bork - With a single stroke--the nomination of Harriet Miers--the president has damaged the prospects for reform of a left-leaning and imperialistic Supreme Court, taken the heart out of a rising generation of constitutional scholars, and widened the fissures within the conservative movement. That's not a bad day's work--for liberals.
Robert Novak - George W. Bush's agents have convinced conservative Republican senators who were heartsick over his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court that they must support her to save his presidency. But that does not guarantee her confirmation. Ahead are hearings of unspeakable ugliness that can be prevented only if Democratic senators exercise unaccustomed restraint.
President Bush brought the neoconservatives, banished by Ronald Reagan and Bush Sr., back into government, and followed their scenario to the letter for remaking the Middle East through an invasion of Iraq, using 9/11 as the pretext. He meticulously followed the right-wing script on supply-side economics, enacting an enormous tax cut for the wealthy that fostered a deficit that dwarfed Reagan's, the problem his father had tried to resolve through a tax increase that earned the right's hostility. And Bush has followed the religious right's line on stem cell research, abortion and creationismBlumenthal goes on to point out that the neo-cons are now claiming that Bush is a False-conservative. The policies and ideology of neo-conservativism haven't completely and utterly failed in the same manner as Stalinist Communism -- it simply hasn't been implemented by a genuine, true blue, white and RED conservative. They now see Bush is a "traitor" to the Great Conservative Cause.
But I for one think they dost protest far too much, because the truth, as Blumenthal points out, is that Bush has been the most relentlessly idealogically conservative President this country has ever seen, and the result has been a completely total and absolute failure on all counts. It's something that I believe the country needed to experience first hand in order to fully realize the danger that true neo-conservative presents to the function of a free society. It's true purpose is corporate neo-facism, to shift the balance of power into the hands of those who already powerful -- calcify that power and then abandon the rest of us. It seeks only to protect their interests and no others, using the full force of law to extended bankrupcy, environmental and heathcare exemptions for corportations while increasing debt, poverty and sickness for the private individuals who do the work those corporations need, and consume the products they create.
Even with the President's approval ratings begining to slide toward the mid-30% mark, the Harriet Miers debacle has been the first significant crack in the armor of his most ardent supporters. I doubt it has even begun yet, but eventually the rank and file grass roots of the Conservative Republicans will also start to move away and reject the President and his Neo-con cabal. This is what they fear, and why they are trying to distance themselves - and neo-conservativism - from a President who is increasingly becoming radioactive as Fitmas rapidly approaches.
There have already been many defections, starting with American Spectator columnist David Brock in the mid-90's and including people such as Governor and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman, Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil, Ambassador Joe Wilson -- and possibly former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
What needs to happen isn't the personal destruction of the President or his aides - but rather the ideology of neo-conservatism needs to be exposed for what it truly is, then completely, totally excised from the body politic. There are indeed honest Conservatives and Republicans of conscience - like Wilson, Whitman and others they have been marginalized and systematically sidelined by the powerlust of the neo-cons. The Republican Party can be rebuilt, but first it and American must be purged this Cancer. We need a Radical Neo-Conectomy. Each and every portion of their malignacy needs to be removed before American can heal.
But even with the furor over the Miers nomination, we certainly haven't reached that time yet.
Some entrepid bloggers on Dailykos have theorized that the Valerie Plame investigation just might find that some 60-70 foreign assets as well as at least one U.S. undercover operative may have lost their lives due to White House persoenel blowing Plame's and Brewster-Jenning cover. If this is true it could mean that those soon to be indicted by Special Prosecutor Patrict Fitzgerald will be facing a possible Death Penalty case.
Will having the President's Deputy Chief of Staff (Karl Rove), and the Vice President Chief of Staff (Lewis "Scooter" Libby) on trial for their lives finally turn the tide for the rank-and-file?
Possibly - and possibly not.
But if Bush follows the post Iran-Contra/Whitewater script and dares to pardon them for their crimes, it just might become an entirely different story. That would certainly be what I would call - Treason.
And it just might finally get the scalpals out and ready to be used by the rank and file electorate to save America from itself.