Now that Bush is really unpopular, conservatives have decided he isn't really one of them
The great fraud being perpetrated in our political discourse is the concerted attempt by movement conservatives, now that the Bush presidency lay irreversibly in ruins, to repudiate George Bush by claiming that he is not, and never has been, a "real conservative." This con game is being perpetrated by the very same conservatives who -- when his presidency looked to be an epic success -- glorified George W. Bush, ensured both of his election victories, depicted him as the heroic Second Coming of Ronald Reagan, and celebrated him as the embodiment of True Conservatism.
As digby said
Conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed. (And a conservative can only fail because he is too liberal.)
Don't let them get away with this.