Moments of clarity from two politicians I normally don't care much for. First, Newt Gingrich, about Karl Rove's plan to weed out bad Republican candidates:
I am unalterably opposed to a bunch of billionaires financing a boss to pick candidates in 50 states. This is the opposite of the Republican tradition of freedom and grassroots small town conservatism.
No one person is smart enough nor do they have the moral right to buy nominations across the country.
That is the system of Tammany Hall and the Chicago machine. It should be repugnant to every conservative and every Republican.
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Handing millions to Washington based consultants to destroy the candidates they dislike and nominate the candidates they do like is an invitation to cronyism, favoritism and corruption.
Rove is just a Republican seeking Republican victories, regardless of the philosophies the candidates espouse. The Republican Party will be rebuilt if and when policies accepted by a majority of voters buble up from the grassroots.
And here's Howard Dean, in an interview with the pollster Scott Rasmussen:
. . . somebody has to tell the middle class that either your taxes are going to go up or your programs are going to get cut or else we're going to go into financial oblivion, and nobody really wants to tell them that.”
And it's too easy to blame the politicians. The real problem is us, demanding government we don't want to pay for and not really wanting to listen to the truth. As Ed Morrissey says:
Essentially, we want to eat our cake and have it too, and we don’t like hearing about the impossibility and irresponsibility of this position. If we have a political class with a Diogenes problem, though, whose fault is that?