Bush's True Base Isn't the Right, It's the Rich

Business and wealthy have hijacked the GOP, argues new book
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2007 9:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Don’t be fooled by the lip service to Christian conservatives: the interests the Bush administration serves are economic, not religious, Jonathan Chait writes in the “The Big Con,” a book that the Washington Monthly’s Kevin Drum calls the best on the long list of recent  Bush-bashers. In fact, the modern GOP has been captured by right-wing fiscal zealots, Chiat argues.

The national agenda has been subordinated to the the interests of business and the rich, Chait writes, and the conservative "base" has been duped along with everybody else. Despite the noise of the "culture wars," very little political capital has been expended in two Bush terms on conservative issues like abortion and gay marriage; it's tax cuts that have been and continue to be the true Bush passions.