Another Leftist ...

William F. Buckley is the latest to come to the conclusion that this administration has long abandoned conservatism for something only coherent in what passes for Karl Rove's mind. I look forward to Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham and Ramesh Ponnuru excommunicating Buckley from the conservative movement. Money quote:

"I think Mr. Bush faces a singular problem best defined, I think, as the absence of effective conservative ideology — with the result that he ended up being very extravagant in domestic spending, extremely tolerant of excesses by Congress. And in respect of foreign policy, incapable of bringing together such forces as apparently were necessary to conclude the Iraq challenge ... There will be no legacy for Mr. Bush. I don't believe his successor would re-enunciate the words he used in his second inaugural address because they were too ambitious. So therefore I think his legacy is indecipherable."

The failure is as much intellectual as political. Today's Republicans have abandoned limited government conservatism, fiscal prudence and foreign policy pragmatism for a form of fundamentalist, spendthrift authoritarianism at home and utter recklessness abroad. It will take a very long time before this country - and conservatism as a political tradition - recover.