Since the election of George W. Bush, the federal government has grown bigger and has spent more money than when Bill Clinton was in the White House. How can a Bush win in 2004 even possibly be considered a victory for conservatives? At least having a Democrat in office encourages Republicans to take a stand against government growth.
It remains a profound mystery. So-called "conservatives" speak out against the dangers of big government, yet embrace it as they would a long, lost friend when an election year rolls around. They talk about rolling back decades of government largess, but continue to vote for more of the same every chance they get. Such is the dual nature of modern American conservatism.