Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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As the wind begins to rip the big tent apart...

You know that the Republicans are in some danger when George Will writes a scathing indictment of them. I may find the man infuriating sometimes, but he's a decent barometer of traditional conservative thought, and last week's column in Newsweek rips right into the current government. His point, hard to argue with, is that the Republicans were supposed to be the party of small government, and no one in their right mind could claim that now. Best paragraph:

"Since 2000 the number of registered lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled, from 16,342 to 34,785. They have not been attracted to the seat of government, like flies to honey, for the purpose of limiting government."

The Democrats have a remarkable opportunity here, if only they could get up the nerve to seize it, to paint themselves as the party of *responsible* government. It's amazing that the Republicans somehow still manage to tar them as "big government", when you compare the several memorable recent administrations: between Reagan, Clinton and Dubya, the Democrats ran the *least* profligate administration. If they can't turn that into political hay, they have no damned business being on the campaign trail...
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