Atrios on GW and the Republican Message

This, by Atrios, seems to me to be exactly right:

Perhaps someone else has made this observation, but it occurs to me that George Bush has completely undercut the Republican party’s war on government, a key pillar of their brand. You can’t spin a story about how the all powerful macho gov’t, headed by commander codpiece, is going to take care of everything and keep you safe while simultaneously disparaging government in every other way. The narratives collide and become incoherent.