According to Bruce Bartlett (hee!), a former aide to Reagan, the Bush administration is "unconscionable," "irresponsible," "vindictive" and "inept."
His fellow speaker at the Cato Institute, conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan, called Bush "reckless" and "a socialist," and accused him of betraying "almost every principle conservatism has ever stood for." He went on to say "This is a big-government agenda...It is fueled by a new ideology, the ideology of Christian fundamentalism." He added that Bush has "complete contempt" for democratic processes and has overseen a "vast expansion of the federal government." The notion, he said, that the "Thatcher-Reagan legacy that many of us grew up to love and support would end this way is an astonishing paradox and a great tragedy."
"The entire intellectual game has been given away by the Republican president," said Sullivan. "He's a socialist in so many respects, a Christian socialist."
Bartlett added: "If Bush were running today against Bill Clinton, I'd vote for Clinton."
Read the whole article here.
Frankly I think that accusing Bush of being a socialist is an insult to socialism, but nice to see the intellectual right turning on him at last.