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In her piece of the significance of Scott Brown’s victory last week, Peggy Noonan asks whether or not it was a backlash:
It seems cooler than that, a considered and considerable rejection that appears to be signaling a conservative resurgence based on issues and policies, most obviously opposition to increased government spending, fear of higher taxes, and rejection of the idea that expansion of government can or will solve our economic challenges.
Like Fred Barnes, who sees Brown’s victory as representing as alignment between the tea party movement and moderates, Peggy observes that Brown eschewed social conservatism to articulate the real concerns of the voters:
They focused on the relationship between spending and taxing, worried about debt and deficits, were moderate in their approach to social issues. They didn’t have wedge issues, they had issues.
That’s what the polls have been showing, Americans think the government is doing too much. And this is where Republicans need to be moving. The concerns of the American people increasingly align with the bedrock principles of the GOP, principles which our party, in recent years, took for granted.
Thus, as Freeman Hunt puts it, the “answer”, for Republicans is “easy“:
It’s a no-brainer. It’s even Constitutional. People are sick of the spending, sick of the debt, sick of the bailouts, sick of the handouts, sick of the back room deals, sick of the taxpayer funded bribes, sick of the bureaucrats. They want unyielding, unapologetic fiscal conservatism.
(H/t: Instapundit.) In short, what the GOP needs do is return to its Reaganite roots. As the Gipper might have said, freedom is the glue which holds our party together. Let’s hope his heirs remember this as this go forward this fall.