I gotta give props to Patrick Buchanan. I’m not anywhere near as conservative as he is, but he’s been conservative when conservative wasn’t cool and he is ideologically consistent with Reaganite conservativism (not the Radical neo-conservative insanity proposed by Bush et. al.).
Here’s his magazine’s statement endorsing John Kerry for president:
Bush has behaved like a caricature of what a right-wing president is supposed to be, and his continuation in office will discredit any sort of conservatism for generations. The launching of an invasion against a country that posed no threat to the U.S., the doling out of war profits and concessions to politically favored corporations, the financing of the war by ballooning the deficit to be passed on to the nation?s children, the ceaseless drive to cut taxes for those outside the middle class and working poor: it is as if Bush sought to resurrect every false 1960s-era left-wing clich? about predatory imperialism and turn it into administration policy. Add to this his nation-breaking immigration proposal – Bush has laid out a mad scheme to import immigrants to fill any job where the wage is so low that an American can?t be found to do it – and you have a presidency that combines imperialist Right and open-borders Left in a uniquely noxious cocktail.
He is my favorite curmudgeonly conservative.