Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who sometimes is the target of my rapier wit (examples HERE), is out with a piece that enumerates the wounds inflicted on the Republican Party by the ill-fated war in Iraq.
It ruined the party’s hard-earned reputation for foreign-affairs probity.
It muddied up the meaning of conservatism and bloodied up its reputation.
It ended the Republican political ascendance that had begun in 1980.
It undermined respect for Republican economic stewardship.
It quashed debate within the Republican Party.
It killed what remained of the Washington Republican establishment.
Noonan explains all ...