I defy anyone to give a coherent explanation of what today's Republican Party, under George Bush and now John McCain, wants to do except perpetuate itself in power.
When a political party reaches the point of lurching incoherence, the most effective cure is a good, long spell in the wilderness.
-- Eugene Robinson in an op-ed for the WaPo
I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for.
Eight years of 'conservative' government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.
-- Christopher Buckley, the son of conservative icon William F. Buckley, after resigning
from the conservative "National Review" magazine, which his father founded.