Why The Republicans Lost Part Vby Doug Mataconis
Michael Gerson, a former policy advisor and speech writer for President Bush, looks at the results of November’s elections, and concludes that the GOP should abandon it’s limited government philosophy:
Campaigning on the size of government in 2008, while opponents talk about health care, education and poverty, will seem, and be, procedural, small-minded, cold and uninspired. The moral stakes are even higher. What does antigovernment conservatism offer to inner-city neighborhoods where violence is common and families are rare? Nothing. What achievement would it contribute to racial healing and the unity of our country? No achievement at all. Anti-government conservatism turns out to be a strange kind of idealism—an idealism that strangles mercy.
No, the idealism comes from those who look at the state and see the solution to all of our problems, despite the fact that history demonstrates over and over again that there are just some things that the government is incapable of doing correctly.
If this is the future of the GOP, then Bob Barr may not be the only one leaving.