Continuing this theme:"It's going to be a cheerful opposition," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind. "We're going to carry those timeless principles of limited government, a strong defense, traditional values, to the American people."
Hmm. Limited government. Yes indeed: Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, the Goldman Coup, largest increase in domestic spending since LBJ.
Hmm. Strong defense. Yes indeed: Stripping the equipment and bases of the military, and then wasting the time and lives of our soldiers in two chronic wars that are totally counterproductive, totally destructive to our national interest.
Hmm. Traditional values. Yes indeed: Larry Craig. Ted Stevens. Duke Cunningham. The Goldman Coup. Rewarding criminals, high-rollers and gamblers with the biggest Hanukkah present in history, punishing frugal citizens with hyperinflation.
Pence, if you really want to sell those values, you need to start a new party. But even aside from the ruined brand, those principles are not timeless.
Those principles are unwanted or unimportant at this point in history. Now is a good time for strong and competent internal government, a good time for a 'Fortress America' foreign policy, and a bad time to be giving lip service to abortion while allowing court decisions to stand untouched.
If you and your fellow Republicans really meant any of those "principles", you had 6 years of total power in which you could have tried
to implement at least one
eentsy-weentsy micro-example of those principles. Instead, you used your power to directly and totally contradict all of those principles. You and your party are nothing but a batch of goddamn liars.
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Later: I was unfair to Pence, based on one short statement. Listening to his longer speeches at today's Repub Governors Conference, he's saying the same things I'm saying. Others in the party leadership are still clueless.