With friends like these …

Dafydd ab Hugh takes a look at the other side of BSD in Strange Betrayal. It is not only the ‘loyal opposition’ that is continually finding fault, it is also a vocal contingent of the base.

Each excursion into spurious accusation becomes more “evidence” to buttress the next, until they build a gigantic “indictment mountain” of tapioca, which they treat like Mount Rushmore. Every absurd attack makes the next, equally absurd attack easier to hurl: Today, even a single word in a notoriously left-leaning newspaper is enough evidence to prove another Bush betrayal. Hey, where there’s smoke…

It is time for conservatives to focus on the areas where they agree with the fellow Republican in the White House, and on areas where a change can make a compromise bill better, yet not act as a poison pill to kill it altogether. I beseech you, in the bowels of Oliver Cromwell, to leave the Bush bashing to the professionals in the other party.

No one gets anywhere by bashing and trashing. No effort is totally without anything that can be criticized. Weakness is built and created. Winning is not only by big plays but also by the endurance to make a bit of progress here and a bit there. Right now, the question to ask of everyone is just what they consider to be the goal they are after.

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