December 2, 2011

BECAUSE THE REPUBLICAN BASE IS NOTHING LIKE THE BELTWAY:

Back to Bush's Big-Government Conservatism: The leading Republican candidates promise more of the same. (Michael Tanner, 11/30/11, National Review)

In the wake of the disastrous Bush presidency and the Republican defeats of 2006 and 2008, it was widely assumed that the GOP had repudiated the idea that big government could be harnessed for conservative ends. And, of course, in 2010, the Tea Party led a return to conservatism's traditional small-government roots, resulting in the biggest Republican landslide in 70 years. One would think that settled the matter.

Yet, just five weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, both of the front-runners for the Republican nomination are strong advocates for a bigger, more activist government.

This one raises a new standard of incomprehension, failing to grasp W, the Tea Party and the voters in the Republican nomination process in one fell swoop.



Posted by at December 2, 2011 6:23 AM
  

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