Glenn Reynolds links two articles which I believe are closely related (albeit linked in separate posts).Â In one, Newsweek columnist Michael Hirsh, with a decidedly liberal slant, claims that the president has lost control of the agenda in Washington:
The reason Obama is getting so few votes is that he is no longer setting the terms of the debate over how to save the economy. Instead the Republican Partyâ€”the one we thought lost the electionâ€”is doing that.
Hirsh claims that GOP has turned the debate over the “stimulus” into, what he terms, a “decidedly stale, Republican-style debate over pork, waste and overspending” at a time when additional government spending (in his view) is necessary to lift us out of recession.
This isn’t, however, a stale or “nitpicking” debate, but an essential debate about the purpose of government. When Republicans stand against excessive government spending, they speak for a majority of the American people.
Kudos to Republican leaders, conservative pundits and bloggers and those mainstream journalists who have highlighted its excesses.