As I will doubtless repeat ad nauseum in the coming days in response to the endlessly biased coverage of the Tea Party movement and the related grassroots enthusiasm for Doug Hoffman’s Conservative candidacy in New York’s 23rd congressional district. the one thing missing from (most) media coverage is an appreciation for the resilience of the ideas which animated the rise of Ronald Reagan, an opposition to the seemingly endless growth of the federal government.
Even Barack Obama recognized the resilience of Reagan’s ideas. He regularly reminded voters that he supported a “net spending cut,” emphasizing, in the third debate, his concern for fiscal prudence:
What I want to emphasize, though, is that I have been a strong proponent of pay-as- you-go. Every dollar that I’ve proposed, I’ve proposed an additional cut so that it matches.
Seems, however, that when GOP county leaders in upstate New York were looking for a candidate in the special election in New York’s 23rd congressional district, they attributed Obama’s election not to his campaign rhetoric, but to his actions once in office.
Which leads me to repeat the question I asked in my very first post on this election: Do GOP Leaders Get that Fiscal Conservatism is a Winning Issue?