Buchanan Bashes Bush—But Also Backs Him For Re-Election


[See
also


How The Right Went Wrong— Pat Buchanan`s New Blockbuster
,
by Paul Craig Roberts]

For the first presidential election
since 1988, Pat Buchanan is not

on the ballot
this year, but his

soul goes marching on
in a new book just released on
the eve of the Republican National Convention.



Where the Right Went Wrong
is not, as it is
already being billed, an "attack" on George W.
Bush, but it does try to tell the president and his
party why they are facing an election whose outcome is

far from certain
.

The Right went wrong, in

Mr. Buchanan`s view,
because of one major problem:

Neoconservatives
. "The

boat people
of the McGovern revolution"
he calls
the brood of liberals, social democrats and

ex-Trotskyites
who invited themselves into the GOP
after the

New Left
gave them the heave from the Democrats.

Mr. Buchanan is far from being the

only
conservative to propose this explanation, but
his case for it is probably more persuasive than what
some have offered.

"Conservatism, as taught by
twentieth-century leaders like

Robert Taft
,

Barry Goldwater,


Ronald Reagan
, and

Jesse Helms
is dead,"
he writes, and there are
few who could disagree.

What has replaced it is "neoconservatism,"
a persuasion diametrically opposed to almost all that
the

Old Right
stood for.

"Neoconservatives captured the
foundations, think tanks, and

opinion journals
of the Right and were allowed to
redefine conservatism,"
he writes.

"Their
agenda—open borders,

amnesty
for illegal aliens,

free trade
, an

orderly retreat in the culture wars
, `Big Government
Conservatism,` and

Wilsonian
intervention to reshape the world in
America`s image—was embraced by Republicans leaders as
the new conservative agenda."

To those who don`t seem to have
heard this before, he offers ample documentation.

Predictably, the book is already
being denounced by those unable to confront its
arguments. Neocon

hatchet
boy

David Frum
sneers that Mr. Buchanan is "a man who
believes in negotiating with terrorists—wooing them,
trying to find what they want and giving it to them."
[In
a New Book, Buchanan Chastises Another Bush
, By
David D. Kirkpatrick, NYT, August 22, 2004]

Nowhere in the book or anywhere
else does he suggest that, of course.

What he does offer is not only a
full account of how neoconservatives have undermined
traditional conservatism but also a learned and
impassioned defense of what the Old Right believed—on
the size and scope of

the state
,

cultural issues,


immigration
, trade and foreign policy.

As for the war with Iraq, Mr.
Buchanan argues, as he has been doing for years, that it
is our own recklessness in the Middle East that provoked
the attacks of 9/11 and eventually led us into a war
with no obvious exit.  He cites his 1999 book

A Republic, Not an Empire
, to show how he
himself predicted what would happen: "If we continue
on this course of reflexive interventions,"
he
wrote, "enemies will one day answer our power with
the weapon of the weak—terror, and eventually
cataclysmic terrorism on U.S. soil."

Mr. Frum and his buddies really
might want to read the book, or even both of them.

What`s a bit odd about Mr.
Buchanan`s new book is that, so far from being an
"attack"
on George W. Bush and the Republicans, it`s
an endorsement.

Unlike Bill Kristol, who

says
he`d prefer John Kerry to

Pat Buchanan
and would "make common cause with
the more hawkish liberals and fight the conservatives"

if necessary, Mr. Buchanan offers what comes down to a
strong defense of the president.

His main argument is that the next
occupant of the White House will control the

Supreme Court
for the foreseeable future, and it`s
critical that he be Mr. Bush and not Mr. Kerry.

But, as Mr. Buchanan himself
recounts, there`s no guarantee whatsoever Mr. Bush would
nominate justices any better than those his opponent
would name.

Earl Warren,


William Brennan
, John Paul Stevens,
Sandra Day O`Connor,


David Souter
and Anthony Kennedy are among the most
anti-conservative justices in American history—and each
was a Republican nominee.

Nevertheless, Mr. Buchanan also
argues that

"a
civil war is going to break out inside the Republican
Party along the old trench lines of the

Goldwater-Rockefeller
wars of the 1960s, a war for
the heart and soul and future of the party for the new
century."

Frankly, I doubt it, especially if
Mr. Bush wins re-election.

The battle for the

soul and heart of the GOP
was fought some years ago,
and Mr. Buchanan`s side lost.

His heart and soul do indeed go
marching on, but there are few inside the Republican
Party today inclined to march with him.

If Mr. Bush wins in November, those
who are so inclined will find it`s more like the

Bataan Death March.

Pat Buchanan was right in 2000 when
he tried to build an alternative to the party the
neocons stole.

Today, there`s just not that much
left for real conservatives to take back.

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