Yesterday, in a roundup on Tuesday’s elections, Jennifer Rubin concluded that
Conservative partisans err in concluding, just as President Obama did in his first two years, that bad economic times have softened the ground for extreme steps. Republicans would be wise to stick to bread-and-butter issues, and make sure they can sell to the center-right coalition. That reality may disappoint the loudest voices in the blogosphere, but it’s solid advice for actual candidates and office-holders.
Is she right? Given the mess that the incumbent administration augmented, the next president needs to take bold steps so the nation can regain its fiscal footing. We need real, bold reform. And some Democrats, along with their allies in the mainstream media, might call such reforms, “extreme.”
Or, maybe we need a leader who can make the case for bold reforms without sounding extreme?