First, Veronique de Rugy on the Republicans:
I am not holding my breath that Republicans will do the right thing since, with a few exceptions, they stopped being the party of smaller government a long time ago. I have said it before, but I’ll say it again: We are in this mess today because for years Republicans in Congress, along with the pundits and the policy people who support them, have agreed to significant compromises of their principles in the name of practicality or politics. (Think about Medicare Part D, or the Bush tax cuts in conjunction with massive spending increases.) But look what we got in exchange for practicality and politics, the government we have today: It is big and it will get bigger; it is overreaching; it is inefficient; it is wasteful; it corrupts the private sector and gets corrupted in return.
Second, Victor Davis Hanson on Republicans and President Obama:
The Republican leadership does not fully comprehend the Obama modus operandi of waging a vicious ad hominem class war, only to step back at opportune moments and lament the growing acrimony and incivility. They better wake up in the next two years to the fact that they are dealing with a Nixonian mind with a folksy Reaganesque veneer.
I find the last sentence particularly insightful. However, the piece it comes from is perhaps a bit too severe on Obama overall – at least given what I’ve recently been reading in Bob Woodward’s The Price of Politics.
BTW, two cheers for Republicans Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Richard Shelby, and Chuck Grassley.
And this is a pretty funny characterization of the US Senate – a body that while performing an important service in our Constitutional system certainly deserves some knocks as well – and its fiscal cliff bill:
Retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio asked House Republicans why the House would “heed the votes of sleep deprived octogenarians,” according to a source in the meeting.