The State of the GOP, 2006
"I'm disgruntled, too, and I'm going to get it all of my chest this morning: I've never voted for a Democrat in a general election in my life, and I don't expect to anytime soon, but it's been impossible for me over the past couple of years to get enthused about the Republican party. I voted for President Bush twice, and contributed to his campaign twice, but held my nose when I did it the second time. I don't consider myself a Republican any longer. Thanks to this Administration and the Republicans in Congress, the Republican Party today is the party of pork-barrel spending, Congressional corruption — and, I know folks on this web site don't want to hear it, but deep down they know it's true — foreign and military policy incompetence. Frankly, speaking of incompetence, I think this Administration is the most politically and substantively inept that the nation has had in over a quarter of a century. The good news about it, as far as I'm concerned, is that it's almost over."http://conways.nationalreview.com/archives/094549.asp
"Bruce Bartlett, author of the new Bush-critique book "Imposter", as many know, is a former Reagan guy and lifelong Republican who has had little good to say about W Bush. A fiscal conservative more than anything else, he has found himself at odds of late with the conservative think tank he worked for and finally parted ways when he published his new book. This was preceded by increasing critical writing about the current adminstration."http://www.centristcoalition.com/blog/archives/003173.html#more
Colin Powell speaks out on the Iraq war this week.
"Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Saturday said the United States has made "serious mistakes" during the Iraq war that have led to the rising violence the country now faces."http://www.suntimes.com/output
Leaving Normal on Townhall.com
"Though they are frontrunners for their respective parties' nominations, I have a hard time believing that either John McCain or Hillary Clinton is going to be elected President of the United States. It has nothing to do with their respective ideologies or their positions on the issues, but rather with that intangible something that makes voters comfortable enough with a man or woman to entrust them with the most powerful office in the world...http://www.townhall.com/opinion/columns/MarkJoseph/2006/04/12/193248.html
This is not to say they can't overcome these problems, but the odds are not in their favor. By contrast, candidates like George Allen, Chuck Hagel, Mitt Romney, Evan Bayh, Joe Biden and Mark Warner seem to, at first blush anyway, pass the normal test. All things being equal, chances are, the next President will probably come from among these."