Conservative pundit Ramesh Ponnuru writes that one problem with the Bush administration is
its unwillingness even to try to win arguments. So often, it appears more interested in getting its legislative agenda through sheer force–twisting enough arms to get the 218th vote in the House–than in persuading anyone that conservative (or conservative-ish) initiatives make sense. Overseas, it has been more interested in saying that we are going to do what we are going to do than in getting people to agree that what we are doing is in the world's interests. The convention line-up suggests that the Republicans believe that the conservative message could never possibly appeal to the unconverted. It's a far cry from Reagan's approach. It reminds me of Rick Brookhiser's old line about the Republicans: In their hearts, they know they're wrong.