We are all, well, most of us are at least, aware of how how some on the left question the sincerity of the Tea Party protesters, wondering why we didn’t protest in the George W. Bush era even as that Republican president failed to hold the line on domestic spending.
Well, I had a thought about this while editing the chapter of my dissertation that I just sent in. First, to be sure, we were grumbling about the spending, criticizing it on this blog as our fellows on the right were taking elected Republicans to task in other places. Many of us, including yours truly, attributed Republican losses in 2006 and 2008 to the party’s failure to hold the line on spending. But, no, we didn’t take to the streets.
So, here’s my thought: Under Bush, we were dealing with a manager who had a drinking problem, using company funds for his three drink a day habit. So, when his contract is up, we interview new guys for the job. This one guy, not much experience, but great smile and presence, says he knows about the old guy’s drinking problem and promises a net drinking cut. But, as soon as he gets the job, he starts drinking three bottles a day.