George W. Bush, who united almost all Republicans during most of his time in national politics, now divides them. Most Republicans view his presidency favorably, and cheer his recent rise in the public’s esteem. A vocal group of conservatives, though, thinks of the Bush presidency as a wrong turn — a turn toward big government that the party needs to repudiate.
Before repudiating Bushism, I go on to argue, conservatives need to understand why it was adopted — and why it failed. Whole thing here.