Monday, August 30, 2004

The Triumph of Hope Over Experience

Andrew Sullivan is back, and still clinging to the hope that Bush will repudiate the authoritarian-statist drift of the GOP in favor of the Goldwater vision of old. I say he's wasting his time: we've had 4 years to see what Bush had to offer, and there's no good reason to imagine the man will change his spots should he be given a second term. Why should he, when he can interpret such an outcome as a vindication of his governance? It's become more than clear that all that matters to Bush is getting out "the Base", by which is meant the Christian evangelicals for whom the very existence of the likes of Sullivan constitutes an abomination.