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Bush's base

Jeff Goldstein asks a damn good question.

Question: how many "bases" does the President have, exactly? I mean, for years we've been hearing from Democrats and the legacy media how James Dobson, Hugh Hewitt, the evangelicals, et al, are Bush's "right wing" conservative base -- but these are the very people who, in addition to GOP party pragmatists, by and large were most supportive of the Miers nomination.

And yet today, all I'm hearing is that Bush caved to his "extremist" "right wing base."

Can we have a bit of a clarification, please? Is Hugh Hewitt part of the Republican base or is he not? Is James Dobson? Or will these Miers supporters now be embraced by Chuck Schumer and Pat Leahy and Barbara Boxer as "moderates"?