Add David Keene to the list of conservatives peeved at President Bush. The chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative group, goes on Bill Moyers' NOW program tonight with a warning for the White House: "It's time to do something about government spending. And we are, in fact, demanding that something be done," according to a partial transcript released by the Moyers show.
"Non-defense discretionary spending under Clinton was going up at about 2.5 percent. And under Bush it's been going up roughly twice that," says Keene. "I think that the Republicans, unless they want to lose ... the definition of their party and what they mean to the base out there that supports them in election after election, have to come to grips with the fact that they are letting that definition be eroded."
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.