Once can be a fluke. Twice may be coincidence. This looks like a trend:
Peggy Noonan: “Back to Mr. Bush in 2000. I believe it is fair to say most Republicans did not think George W. Bush was motivated to run for the presidency for the primary reason of cutting or controlling spending. But it is also fair to say that they did not think he was Lyndon B. Johnson. And that’s what he’s turned into.
Andrew Sullivan: “We have learned a tough lesson, and it has been a lot tougher for those tens of thousands of dead, innocent Iraqis and several thousand killed and injured American soldiers than for a few humiliated pundits.”
George Will: “Three years ago the administration had a theory: Democratic institutions do not just spring from a hospitable culture, they can also create such a culture. That theory has been a casualty of the war that began three years ago today.”
: “I think we have had a low-grade civil war going on in Iraq, certainly the last six months, maybe the last year. Our own generals have told me that privately.”
William F. Buckley: “One can’t doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed. . . . And the administration has, now, to cope with failure.”
Wanna see the proposed conservative solution?
Cal Thomas: “Maybe it’s time for a strong third party, or failing that, another revolution.”