It seems that whenever you see some Democratic strategist discussing the fate of the GOP, he’ll report that Republican ideas have been discredited and that, if the party is to have any chance of success, it will have to come up with an agenda different from the small-government ideas of Ronald Reagan which defined the GOP in the past.
But, those who claim that the American people rejected Republican ideas in the past two election cycles miss one fundamental thing.Â Voters didn’t reject Republican ideas, but rejected Republicans who had rejected them.
The Bush Administration have been anything but an era of conservative ascendancy in terms of domestic policy.Â Yes, the more conservative party did control the executive branch for the last eight years and the legislative for the better part of the George W. Bush’s first six years in office, but, as we’ve noted repeatedly on this blog, his team put forward an entirely conservative economic agenda.
So, it’s odd that the president-elect thinks that turning to the government to address the economy represents a change from the last eight years.Â Does he think we accumulated the gargantuan deficits that he acknowledges face us “for years to come” by holding the line of federal spending?
While Republicans, as Clint Eastwood said, are “supposed to be libertarians,” under George W. Bush, they haven’t been.Â Maybe if they had, the American people wouldn’t have rejected them.Â (H/t Althouse.)