All the old George W. Bush advisers are coming out of the woodwork now, eager to jump on the “immigration reform” bandwagon that ran into a ditch in 2007. They were furious when conservatives rose up to kill the Bush amnesty, and are hopeful this time will be different. Many of these people–some are friends–still somehow believe in Bush’s “American greatness conservatism” or “compassionate conservatism,” despite the party having lost the House, Senate & Presidency during their experiment. They mostly looked down on the tea party, the grassroots people who grew fed up with big spending at home and abroad. Now in Commentary, former George W. Bush speechwriter & Mitt Romney adviser Pete Wehner queries “What is true conservatism?” He writes:
“What is required of statesmen is wisdom and good judgment, sobriety, foresight and prudence.”
Fair enough. Could you give us examples of that from the GOP Establishment?
Looking back, was it “wisdom and good judgment” to launch two wars with no coherent plans for victory or payment?