By Roger Stone The Daily Beast accurately reported an interview I had with Benji Sarlin in which I expressed my regrets over my role in helping elect Bush in the 2000 presidential recount in Florida. The Huffington Post picked up the story and the amount vitriol flowing on both sites is predictable. Let's get a couple of things straight. I renounced Bushism not Republicanism or Conservatism. Between the Bush Administration's spending, their right wing social agenda, and their assault on civil liberties, this Administration cannot be considered Conservative in the classical sense. True Conservatives support fiscal conservatism on spending as well as low taxes, don't want Big Brother Government listening to our phone calls and don't want the government making decisions in our private lives. Bushism and Conservatism should not be confused. No one did a better job of delineating this than Bruce Bartlett in his compelling book, Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy. My skirts are also clean on Bushism. I worked for Ronald Reagan as the Eastern Regional Political Director against Bush in 1980, opposed Bush joining the Reagan ticket that year, opposed Bush for the Presidential nomination in 1988, sat out Bush's re-election campaign in 1992, and opposed George W. in 2000, supporting John McCain. For those who say that I should have seen the excesses of the current Bush Administration earlier, I would point out that neither Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan or even George H.W. Bush had the government wire tap Americans without a warrant. The Patriot Act was opposes by those on the far right as well as on the far left. I wrote about my opposition at the time. I have also never been a fan of the neo-cons who cooked up and mismanaged the war in Iraq. I have spoken of my opposition to the war in the past and have concluded that only the defeat of George W. Bush in 2000 could have prevented this expensive and deadly adventure. Nor have I ever been a religious right conservative or championed a social right agenda. My clients have been pro-choice. I opposed Amendment 6 in Florida and Prop 8 in California. I have never claimed to be anything other than a libertarian conservative who wants to get government out of the bedroom and out of the boardroom. I have no regrets about my allegiance to the party of Lincoln, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan. I am reminded of a famous scene from the 1952 Republican National Convention when Senator Everett Dirksen of Illinois stuck his finger in New York Governor Tom Dewey's face and said, "We followed you twice before and you led us down the path to defeat." This is what I will be saying if another Bush seeks the White House. If Bush had been defeated in 2000, I believe Gore would have us mired in Afghanistan rather than Iraq and the old John McCain would have been the nominee in 2004. The result of such an election are hard to predict but is conceivable that the party and the GOP would both be better off had Bush lost. In party politics party loyalty among professionals sometimes requires you to do things you personally find distasteful. This phenomena , for example, explains Hillary Clinton's endorsement and campaigning for Barak Obama, a man she said was not qualified or experienced enough to be President. This also explains why I went to Miami Dade for the 2000 recount. I also did it because of my high regard for and gratitude to James A. Baker III, one of the most skilled political managers and strategists who, at my request, persuaded President Ronald Reagan to campaign in New Jersey for my client Tom Kean in the 1981 governor's race which Kean won by 1600 votes out of 2.1 million cast.