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October 18, 2005

Republican Think Tank Fires Sr. Fellow For Blasting Bush

-- by Dave Johnson

Strengthening the accusation that "conservative movement" think tanks are really nothing more than Republican Party "front" operations, the National Center for Policy Analysis has fired Senior Fellow Bruce Bartlett for criticizing President Bush. From In Sign of Conservative Split, a Commentator Is Dismissed,

In the latest sign of the deepening split among conservatives over how far to go in challenging President Bush, Bruce Bartlett, a Republican commentator who has been increasingly critical of the White House, was dismissed on Monday as a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative research group based in Dallas.
Described on their website as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization," I first came across NCPA as part of the "tort reform" movement. (Updated funding chart here.)

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 18, 2005 10:07 AM

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First, they began to eat their own. Then The Day Of The Locust dawned on the WHIG war room. In the brilliant light,sullied for too long by the fog of war, the people could at last see for bloody miles. The citizens were deeply disturbed by what they saw. They witnessed and numbered the flag furled coffins. They cast aside the sentiments of Ezekial 25:17. Too many duped innocents had been slaughtered and maimed while the WHIGs and their cronies grew fat on the wages of mendacity. Without a shot being fired,but many a ballot cast, the people reclaimed THEIR Republic.

Posted by: FuzzFlash at October 18, 2005 11:51 PM

Beware of wishful thinking. Of course they'd fire Bartlett. He's publishing a book calling Bush an impostor. Right in the title, too. They'd have to fire him.

So -- what does firing him really mean? I can't be sure without reading the book, and I'm sure I won't, but it sounds like a truly devoted Reagan follower is saying that Bush isn't really as conservative as Reagan. Do I care? No. I suspect it's that word "impostor" that probably got him fired. Is that a sign of some huge split among conservatives? Maybe not. We'll have no reason to gloat until we're sure our own political goals and policies are achieving some kind of political success.

Posted by: MJ at October 19, 2005 6:39 AM

If you are working for a right wing "think tank" you are not allowed to think for yourself. You have to follow the current party line. They would be more appropriately called "unthink tanks."

Posted by: Captain Video at October 19, 2005 8:39 PM

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