I missed this on Thursday in the aftermath of the deal being announced, but NRO didn’t. Here’s Bush’s own secretary of homeland security displaying raw contempt for the wishes of his party’s base by floating a derisive laugh line that would have fallen flat even on dKos.

Go read Barnett, especially numbers 7 and 9. “The Republican base at this moment has absolutely no faith in its leaders.”

Update: Unreal. From a Friday interview with Newsweek, again via NRO:

I understand that some people think it’s not tough enough. Maybe they want people thrown in jail for 10 years or they want people executed.