AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 12/30/2003 12:17:00 PM ----- BODY: There They Go Again - Conservative leaders in Washington are grumbling about George W. Bush and his spending, saying the conservative base may rebel against Bush in the 2004 election. Richard Viguerie even goes so far as to say "I'm beginning, for the first time, [to hear] people talk about 'it would not be the worst thing in the world if Howard Dean were president." Viguerie's quote proves there's a real disconnect between those who call themselves conservative leaders and grassroots conservatives. Most conservatives I know are a bit distressed by Bush's spending, but will still vote for him over Howard Dean. Better half a loaf than no loaf at all. The stupidest quote in the Washington Times story (a hard choice, as there are quite a few to choose from) is by Pat Buchanan, who says Bush has "gone AWOL on social and cultural issues." Was Buchanan asleep or just not paying attention when Bush signed the bill that bans partial-birth abortion? We conservatives should take note. When our 'leaders' can't see the difference between Bush and Howard Dean, maybe it's time to find new leaders. --------