People in general, including fellow JAS members, have been outwardly sour about anything and everything since before the 2006 elections. The sourness has translated to approval ratings for Bush in the low 30s. Everyone is taking their shots at Bush - he is a lame duck afterall. In the future Bush will be appreciated for his toughness, and yes for his conservatism as well. Any action that a future president takes will be compared to Bush...you will hear stuff like "Bush would have bombed them; If Bush were in office he would have attackd.. etc.. etc.. Bush will be seen in history as the Jack Bauer of presidents. Just wait and see. Today few can see through the distorted fog they are in, instead they are running with the easy flow of the liberal media - to oppose everything that Bush proposes.
In my opinion, the sourness is mostly connected to the media victory in opposition to the Iraq war. People have fallen into the trap, they are tired of the dribble of casualties and criticism despite the wealth in their own lives. This is Bush's greatest failure, he failed to see the enemy at home as well as abroad.
Bush is now forced to play nice with the Congress to keep them from cutting off his war funds. He will propose a bunch of domestic legislation that will never pass. Yeah, people will complain about Bush not being conservative enough... but, you have done it to yourself for being not conservative enough yourself.
Heres to hoping that Newt runs for president... at least he might be one we can all agree upon.