Jonah Goldberg: Bush prescient in ‘compassionate conservative’ approach<quoted text>He was a compassionate conservative. The Republicans have now turned on him, well except for Carol, so now he is a progressive.
Republicans eat their young doncha know?
Compassionate conservatism increasingly faded from view after 9/11. Bush ran as a war president first and a compassionate conservative at best second in 2004. Still, it’s worth remembering that Bush won a staggering (for a Republican) 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. Mitt Romney got 27 percent.
Moreover, according to exit polls, Romney decisively beat Barack Obama on the questions of leadership, values and economic expertise but was crushed by more than 60 points on the question of which candidate “cares about people like me.”
I still don’t like compassionate conservatism or its conception of the role of government. But given the election results, I have to acknowledge that Bush was more prescient than I appreciated at the time.
maybe they should follow the lead of the 'progressive' Bush. otherwise.....no more WH.