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Disgruntled Conservatives

Democrats are not the only political constituency that are interested in seeing Bush out of office in 2004. A growing base of core Republican voters are growing increasingly hostile to the Bush presidency. The Spoons Experience has compiled a list of offenses.

Spoons' list contains a number of items that are most likely outside the platform and values held by Democratic candidates and voters. However, there are a number of issues that the Democrats may be able to use to woo some of these voters in 2004. From the blog entry:

    "Spending: The era of big government is back. Even non-defense spending is skyrocketing."

    "Bureaucracy: More new federal regulations added to the CFR than in any prior administration. So much for getting government off your back."

    "Trade/Steel Tariffs: Craven (and probably ineffective) political move, betrayal of free trade principles."

    "U.N. (Iraq): Let U.N. delay Iraq war for 15 months after Bush told us, “Time is not on our side.” Is this why we’re not finding WMDs? What did the delay cost us?"

    "Israel/Terrorism: Continues to deal with the Palestinians, even though they have not lived up to their commitments to stop terror and have not elected new leadership not compromised by terror, and despite his promise that he wouldn't deal with them until the Palestinians elected (remember that?) new leaders 'not compromised by terror.'"

    "Saudi Arabia: Bush too close to Saudis, Abdullah. Pretends they’re partners in war against terrorism. In reality, they’re on the other side."

    "Tax Cuts: Even in this category, Bush undoes many of his victories. Caves to Democrats, supports tax cuts to people who don't pay taxes. Brags that he’s taking more and more people off the tax rolls. Ignores that this simply increases the number of voters who have no stake in the fiscal health of the country, and who have incentive to vote for pols who want to raise taxes on 'the rich.'"

From this list, the question that pops up is can the Democrats can field a small government, pro-free trade, pro-Israel candidate? The traditional answer has been "no", but given the course of the current administration it might be easier to outmaneuver the Republicans at their own game than it has been in recent years. Is it possible to field a candidate that is true to the Democratic base yet is able to attract these defectors rather than drive them to a third-party protest candidate?

Posted by cjkarr at September 8, 2003 10:18 AM