For most of the last five years, on the surface, many hard core American conservatives could hardly believe their luck. A GOP indebted to the religious right owned both houses of Congress, and the born-again President of the United States talked Bible and moral values like no president in living memory.
Yes, there was a drumbeat of worry: the deficit was soaring, the war in Iraq was not going well, the president offered more rhetoric than action against gay marriage.
But he was their man, and when it came right down to it, he would change the Supreme Court, and change the country. Then came the Harriet Miers nomination. Now, the hard right is crying betrayal.
Hear about the fury of the right with George W. Bush.
Peter Baker, White House reporter for The Washington Post
Richard Viguerie, founded Conservative Digest magazine, co-author of "Americas Right Turn"
Jessica Echard, executive director of The Eagle Forum
David Hill, Republican pollster
This program aired on October 20, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.