The thunder next time

Tony Blankley, though not wavering in his support of President Bush, warns him to “guard his right flank.” Blankley provides a characteristically thoughtful and balanced look at the Bush presidency from a conservative perspective. I agree with Blankley that Bush will hold his conservative base as long as he does not compromise on the war front. The Clinton years are still too fresh for conservatives to prefer “being right to being president.” And the world is far too dangerous a place to do anything that might turn the executive branch back to the Democrats. But 2008 will probably be a different story. That year, expect conservatives to insist (probably successfully) on a strong conservative nominee. And expect that nominee to face Hillary Clinton.

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