Gary Kamiya writes two interesting pieces in Salon: "How Bush Wrecked Conservatism," which, among other things, lists conservative values Tha Bush Mobb has laid to waste, and its one-week-later companion piece, "Is a New Conservatism Possible?", which, among other things, challenges conservatism to "grow up, or stay an angry teenager forever."
Rapprochement with conservatives is, of course, an obsession of mine, and I try to define the word "conservative" so that it has meaning, utility, and history. I don't want to succumb to the temptation of defining a "conservative" as a "rage-addled militaristic fascistic sex-hater." I wonder, however, how many of Mr. Bush's most ardent supporters actually define themselves as "conservative." I wonder because I've noticed so many folks who used to be apolitical who are now Bush supporters, and I've also witnessed so many Bush supporters constantly foregrounding their differences with Mr. Bush and/or with conservative ideology. Essentially, I don't think that conservatives need to "grow up," per se, but just stand up and reject those who act in their name.