The men & women in the mirror.

Let's see, where was I? Right. The failures of the Bush administration. Arriving a tad late to the party, Peggy Noonan has issued a call to conservatives, even Republicans, to dump the president.

The beginning of my own sense ofseparation from the Bush administration came in January 2005, when thepresident declared that it is now the policy of the United States toeradicate tyranny in the world, and that the survival of Americanliberty is dependent on the liberty of every other nation. This was atonce so utopian and so aggressive that it shocked me. For others thebeginning of distance might have been Katrina and the incompetence itrevealed, or the depth of the mishandling and misjudgments of Iraq.


Now conservatives and Republicansare going to have to win back their party. They are going to have tobreak from those who have already broken from them. This will requirecourage, serious thinking and an ability to do what psychologists usedto call letting go. This will be painful, but it's time. It's more thantime.

Rod Dreher, as Andrew Sullivan points out, thinks those who have supported Bush ought not revise history so as to

portray ourselves as passive victims of a feckless president. Notsaying she [Noonan] does this, but I think as the last wheel comes off thispresidency, and the GOP comes to grips with what this presidency hasmeant for the Republican Party and the conservative movement, therewill be a strong temptation to resist owning up to our own complicity.Success has a thousand fathers, after all, and failure is an orphan.This failure is not President Bush's alone. The Republican Party ownsit. The conservative movement, with some exceptions, owns it.

Read the rest of Rod's tough, spot-on commentary right here.

Grant Gallicho joined Commonweal as an intern and was an associate editor for the magazine until 2015. 

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