ESPECIALLY if you are an anti-Bush con. And give it to your anti-Bush con friends:
The only conservative-movement presidential candidate who has been rejected by the national electorate is Barry Goldwater. But his nomination was so great a victory for conservatives that his general-election defeat did not hurt in the long run. And of course to unseat a president is more of a rejection than to defeat a challenger. Now, as I said, if you think conservatism has lost its way — because of spending, or social issues, or the war, or whatever — you may conclude that it needs an electoral rebuke. But it’s hard to deny that it would be a harsh one.