The Right Coast

October 20, 2005
Is Bush a Conservative?
By Mike Rappaport

Lots of debate about this question at the Corner and elsewhere. While Judge Bork claims that Bush is not really a conservative, Charles Krauthammer says on Fox News "of course he is."

There are, of course, different kinds of conservatives. I am a libertarian conservative or a conservative libertarian. Not sure which one; it seems to change each day, assuming I can figure out what the difference is.

The answer as to Bush seems clear. He is a kind of conservative. Certainly not a small government conservative; certainly not a fiscal conservative; but a kind of conservative. There is no point in arguing about the semantics, but one thing is clear: these days, at least, he is not my kind of conservative.