I Don’t Buy It

Andrew Sullivan points approvingly to a new poll showing that Republicans are concerned about deficits again:

74 percent of Republicans in the new poll expressed grave worry about the deficit, 29 points higher than in December when George W. Bush held the reins.

Sullivan writes:

Those of us cynical about Republicanism will hardly be surprised. The good news, however, is the rebirth of fiscal conservatism on the right. My advice to Republicans: your message against Obama will be stronger if you have the intellectual honesty to indict Bush and Cheney.

Andrew is far too forgiving. It is so very easy to hold to your principals when you aren’t in charge of making decisions about their implications. The gnashing of teeth on the right about debts now that a Democrat is back in office is both predictable and hypocritical. With few exceptions, the current crop of congressional Republicans do not have a reputation for being intellectually honest or serious, so I don’t expect any mention of the legacy of the last 8 years, a legacy of profligate spending which many of these same Republicans either implicitly or explicitly supported. It was convenient to mention Bush and Cheney last fall, as it was easy to run against them while they were still in office. Now that they’re out of the picture, I can’t see them being brought up voluntarily, because the Republicans don’t want to face up to the fact the the policies they championed helped land us in the mess.

Republicans now find themselves playing one of the biggest games of political chicken in a generation. For their sakes, they had better hope that Obama fails, because if the economy does start to turn around, they can kiss ’10 and probably ’12 goodbye already.

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~ by uvasig on February 24, 2009.

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