This editorial from today's New York Times looks at how this approach to government has affected the Justice Department.
Here's the take-away:
Mr. Bush and his team don't understand that they merely hold the current majority in a system designed to bring periodic changes in the governing party and to protect the rights and values of the minority party. The idea that the winners should trash the system to make sure the democratic process ended with them was discredited back around the time of the Bolsheviks.Ruinous budget deficits. Shredding the Bill of Rights. Launching an unprovoked war based on manipulated intelligence. Violating treaties to which the United States is a signator, including prohibitions on torture. Waging war on the middle class by shifting the tax burden off the wealthiest among us.
These people are not conservatives. They are radicals.