Saturday, September 12, 2009

Born Again

The oddest thing about so-called “teabaggers” in their wailing for fiscal responsibility in government—which, in itself, is a valid concern—is where the hell were they when George W. Bush and the Republican Congress were spending like drunken sailors between 2000-2006?

There’s a term for people like these: Born-Again Fiscal Conservatives, and their decision to become so on the very day of Obama’s inauguration is very curious.

In the article linked above, I was also struck by the following comment by ex-McCain staffer Mark McKinnon – chiefly, in that he’s exactly right regarding the current direction of the GOP:

[Mr. McKinnon said] there is an "opportunity for Republicans" to tap into legitimate fears about an overreaching federal government. But he said that "right-wing nutballs are aligning themselves with these movements" and are dominating media coverage.

"It's bad for Republicans because in the absence of any real leadership, the freaks fill the void and define the party," McKinnon said.

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