Santorum thinks he can somehow cobble together a coalition of evangelicals and crony capitalists to take the White House. This is a man who loathes small government and believes that government should reflect a certain set of “moral” values. Specifically his.
We it’s good to know that McConnell and Harry Reid can agree on at least one thing.
The establishment GOP is digging in its heels. McCain, McConnell, Boehner, and company are clinging to power. They thought they had a win when the shutdown ended. But guess what? More and more people, and not just small government people, now think the shutdown was at least to some degree warranted given the historic disaster that is Obamacare. What a difference 3 weeks makes.
As we have said many times the folks who most fear the Tea Party (and I use the term in the broadest possible sense, incorporating libertarians, and other legitimately small government anti-establishment factions) are those in the GOP itself.
Bill Galston is an extremely bright man. I’ve met him and I was impressed. Though I generally disagree with his perspective I think he is a highly skilled political scientist. This op-ed in the Wall Street Journal offers an interesting take on the Tea Party from an establishment “Left” perspective.
I have to say that I enjoy the United Kingdom Independence Party guys (UKIP), especially Mr. Farage. Here’s one of the clips that made him internationally famous. If there is large group of people in Europe who feel as Farage does then watch out. Things could get even more interesting across the Atlantic.
I am quite lucky that in my work I get to meet people from all over the political spectrum on a regular basis. Being a bridge between different groups is big part of my work outside of Against Crony Capitalism and it is very gratifying work.
But I am continually amazed by folks who exist within the mainstream news bubble in Washington DC. These are often brilliant people but they buy certain narratives without a second thought.
Surprise, Hank Paulson thinks the rabble, now empowered by new media, are counter productive to the great “debate” the country is having. Better to leave it to the Masters of the Universe like him.
This kind of talk from the Senate is not helpful. It’s understandable that Harkin would feel dispirited, confused, and frustrated. This is a guy who recently introduced a bill calling for the president to put together a centrally planned “manufacturing strategy” ala the Soviet Union. Times have clearly passed Harkin by.