When I read the head line for this post at the WSJ, I was curious. But, Ms. Noonan is right. The Tea Party movement IS saving the Republican party from the likes of GW.
Poor GW went to Washington believing in a fantasy. When he was Governor of Texas, the head of the Democrats in the legislature, Bob Bullock, worked with him to make Texas a better state. To paraphrase what Bob said of GW: he was the best Governor we have ever had. You could trust him to keep his word.
GW thought that he could conduct business the same way when he became President. For example, he let that drunken fool Kennedy write the No Child Left Behind act. Less than a year later Kennedy was making speeches about how GW had betrayed the children of America with his education policies.
In fact shortly after 9-11 Kennedy and Kerry started the attack to cause GW to fail. Watch the State of the Union speech for 2005. GW is nearly begging the Democrats to help him reform Social Security and save the financial future of our children. Then watch the 2006 address. The Democrats are booing poor GW when he says how they caused him to fail in saving our country. And watch Hillary. She is gloating.
Repeatedly, poor GW reached out in friendship and repeatedly the Democrats spit on him. And he never learned.
While GW wasn’t the only Republican to “reach across the aisle” (Specter, Snow, et al) he was the one labeled as most representing conservative principles and he certainly has the highest profile.
Poor GW compromised with the Democrats to be “bipartisan”. For a Republican, you can’t out-Democrat the Democrats. You can only betray the reason people voted for you.
Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)