James Joyner over at OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY raises an interesting question.

Reading various commentaries on President Bush, there seem to be two mutually exclusive opinions floating around:

* He’s in danger of losing his base because he does not fight hard enough for conservative principles and is willing to compromise on damned near anything.

* He’s energizing his opponents and driving away moderates in droves because he is a right wing ideologue who refuses to make even the slightest concession to achieve consensus.

Which is it? It can’t be both, can it?

I see Calpundit asking the same question.

Funny thing is, I was asking the same questions over a two years ago.
The conclusion I made back then still holds: W is a moderate, as was his father.

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