Dissent Of The Day

A reader writes:

Your positions seem to swing between a full throated critique of Republicans and a defense of the administration's moves for their apparent political brilliance.  It would be nice if you could actually give conservatives -- your original readership -- evidence of your own convictions.  Why is it important for us to sit around and admire a Supreme Court selection as a political triumph when we should, as principled conservatives, oppose games of identity politics?  How are Obama's moves any different, in method, from Bush's cynical attempts at generating public support and marginalizing the Democratic minority after 9/11?