In another interesting Slate article, Bruce Reed takes a look at "Who Lost Conservatism." The verdict? A President and Congress who veered too far from the principles of the ideology.
"Republicans around the country have good reason to feel betrayed. A decade ago, they thought they were getting a Contract with America, not an endless series of contracts with K Street. In 2000, they didn't know that when Bush talked about integrity and responsibility, he meant to play a 'somewhat passive role.'"
Indeed. I can only imagine how traditional conservatives feel about their party's new-found penchant for nation building, the incredible expansion of the federal government, and head spinning deficit spending. Seems like the Cult of Bush may be facing a reformation.