Boehner has convened a group of allies and confidantes to work on GOP "branding," an exercise designed to restore an identity to a party that many voters no longer see as holding a core set of principles.
"We're trying to look into our conscience and define ourselves, and as we define ourselves, decide how we can best communicate that to the rest of the world," said Rep. John Carter (Tex.), the Republican conference secretary and one of the effort's participants. "In other words, what are Republicans?"
Funny that the press has been telling us for years now that precisely the opposite is true, that it is the Democrats who don't know what they stand for. Had anyone else heard a peep about major fissures in the GOP before the House Minority Leader himself came out and said there were fissures? Because I don't remember much from that angle.
And look who just came down with the so-called "Bush Derangement Syndrome," that thing that people get when they get disillusioned with the president and thus become mentally ill: Peggy Noonan:
What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition. This is sad, and it holds implications not only for one political party but for the American future.
As one might expect, Noonan is crying because the W doesn't want to punish people for the crime of being Mexican as much as she does.