Don't let it get you down

The GOP is in a funk. Is it really about Libby?


Tim Grieve
June 7, 2007 5:29PM (UTC)

There are a lot of reasons to be unhappy with George W. Bush -- we can think of 3,503 of them right off the bat -- and we're not the only ones who think so. As the Evans-Novak Political Report puts it, "It is hard to exaggerate the extent of Republican discontent with the president."

Some of it's about Iraq, or at least the political drain it has become for his party. Some of it's about the president's unwillingness to dump Alberto Gonzales, an attorney general the conservatives never much trusted in the first place. Some of it's about the president's endorsement of an immigration reform plan that has a lot of Republicans up in arms.

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But what really gets in the craw of the GOP? If former Bush speechwriter and American Enterprise Institute fellow David Frum is to be believed, it's the president's failure -- so far -- to pardon Scooter Libby. "I don't understand it," Frum tells the New York Times. "A lot of people in the conservative world are weighted down by the sheer, glaring unfairness here."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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