Tuesday, March 7


Over this past weekend I advanced the theory that a principal reason President Bush has lost touch with his conservative base is that, having kept Vice President Dick Cheney on the ticket in the 2004 campaign, he has avoided the onus of having to help propel the candidacy of a successor for the 2008 presidential election. Thus his second term is devoid of any real impetus to sustain the major campaign themes for which he was twice elected, other than to preserve his legacy among historians in the future. The "here and now" has been supplanted by the "far and away" and it shows.

But along comes this piece in the Washington Post on the Democratic Party's patent inability to forge a meaningful agenda for the country in response to the Bush years and to do anything other than to harp incessantly about the president's perceived failings, thus forcing me to add an addendum to my theory -- namely, that Bush may also be coasting along in the death throes of second-term-itis because the opposition party, for all of its gadflying and naysaying, hasn't been able to gain much in the way of traction for lack of any viable alternatives and solutions to the Bush presidency that resonate with a majority of Americans.

Indeed, I would suggest to you that were the Democratic Party controlled by a broad-based moderate element, as opposed to a far-left fringe element, the GOP would really have its hands full right now going into the November mid-term elections.