14 July 2011

I Thought They Were Supposed To Represent The Voters

The hotter precincts of the blogosphere were calling this a sellout yesterday, though they might want to think before they shout. The debt ceiling is going to be increased one way or another, and the only question has been what if anything Republicans could get in return. If Mr. Obama insists on a tax increase, and Republicans won't vote for one, then what's the alternative to Mr. McConnell's maneuver?

In all the pontification about what’s best for the Republican party, it seems that some have managed to overlook what’s best for the country and what the voters want.  Quite simply, most people don’t care about the Republican Party.  They care about the long-term future of the country and keeping the debt under control.  Since this is a democracy, at least for the time being, Republicans better start caring about the long-term tenability of the current spending and borrowing trends, and they better find a way to get it under control.  Better to die on principle than stand on pragmatism.

Also, given the massive unpopularity of raising the debt ceiling, what exactly is the upside of selling out?   The Democrats will betray the Republicans later on and the voters will the Republicans, so siding with the Democrats on raising the debt ceiling is a generally horrible idea.  It’s too late for Republicans to own this issue, and why would they want to anyway?  The mind boggles.

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