Fun quotes from the right

Some quotes on Bush, Commander in Chief, ourtesy of Glenn Greenwald:

“The First Great Leader of the 21st Century” (John Podhoretz); our “Rebel-in-Chief” (Fred Barnes); “The Right Man” (David Frum); the New Reagan (Jonah Goldberg); “a man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius” who is our “Big Brother” (John Hinderaker); and “the triumph of the seemingly average American man,” the supremely “responsible” leader who, when there’s a fire, will “help direct the rig to the right house and count the kids coming out and say, ‘Where’s Sally’?” (Peggy Noonan).

Even as Bush implemented one massive expansion of government power after the next — the very “un-conservative” policies they long claimed to oppose — there was nothing but (at best) the most token and muted objections from them.  The handful of conservatives who did object were cast aside as traitors to the cause, and criticisms of the President became equated with an overt lack of patriotism.  Uncritical support for the Leader was the overarching, defining attribute of conservatism, so much so that even Bill Kristol, in The New York Times, acknowledged: “Bush was the movement and the cause.”

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