The Moose observes that the President now must cope with two insurgencies.
It's becoming more dangerous in the Bushie Triangle than the Sunni Triangle. The conservative fundamentalist mullahs and ayatollahs are in full revolt against the heretic Miers. The President has been forced to call out all of the ground troops led by Generals Card and Gillespie. But it may be easier to quell Al Zarqawi's crowd than Ayatollahs Kristol's and Frum's . With Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Political Savagery Rove preoccupied, W. must fend off the insurgents with depleted forces.
Note what one lower level Mullah said in today's Washington Post,
"The broader nature of the split becomes clearer with each conservative declaration of independence from the Bush White House. David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, wrote yesterday that many of his friends "swallowed policies" they opposed out of loyalty to Bush.
"We've been there for him because we've considered ourselves part of his team," Keene wrote in an essay printed in the newspaper the Hill and e-mailed to fellow conservatives. "No more. From now on, this administration will find it difficult to muster support on the right without explaining why it should be forthcoming. The days of the blank check have ended."
Desperate times require desperate measures. The counter-insurgency efforts are underway as one Texas right wing think tank purged an employee who dared to defy the Bushies. The New York Times reports,
"In the latest sign of the deepening split among conservatives over how far to go in challenging President Bush, Bruce Bartlett, a Republican commentator who has been increasingly critical of the White House, was dismissed on Monday as a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative research group based in Dallas."
And in an even more ominous development,the Bushies may launch a Phoenix-like program against the conservative insurgents. Time magazine,
"Bush's friends contend that it is the conservative élite, not the President, who miscalculated and that self-righteous right-wingers stand to lose their seats at the table of power for the next three years. "They're crazy to take him on this frontally," said a former West Wing official. "Not many people have done that with George Bush and lived to tell about it."
This is what is increasingly becoming clear - by the end of the W. era, there will be very few "Bush Republicans" like there are Reagan Republicans. The Bushies have betrayed their fundamentalist faithful. Republicans will divided into their equivalents of the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds.
Who can bring this party back together again? Or will a new GOP emerge from this fratricidal war? --