[From the diaries by susanhu.] Whenever I want to get a quick snapshot of conservative talking points, I take a quick – and I mean quick – run around the block at NRO’s The Corner.

And people, it doesn’t look pretty for Bush today. On this single August Sunday morning, we already can mark up one outright defection and one very, very doubting – and questioning – former Kool-Aid drinker.

First, the defection. Andy McCarthy declared today:

For what it’s worth, this is where I get off the bus.

…even if I suspended disbelief for a moment and agreed that the democracy project is a worthy casus belli, I am as certain as I am that I am breathing that the American people would not put their brave young men and women in harm’s way for the purpose of establishing an Islamic government. Anyplace. [Emphasis is McCarthy’s.]

And Jonathan Adler quotes a bailing Professor Bainbridge, who starkly states: “It’s time for us conservatives to face facts. George W. Bush has pissed away the conservative moment by pursuing a war of choice via policies that border on the criminally incompetent.” Adler goes squishy and mumbles: “While I am not sure I agree with his analysis, he raises questions that conservatives should address.”

Hoo boy. I think the walls are tumbling down.

Please, take your cursors out for a spin around the internet and add your “Pundits Who Are Bailing.” I think for the elitist conservatives, the incorporation of Islamic law into the Iraqi constitution is going to be the breaking point.

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