"Americans don’t see abject government incompetence as an argument for no government. They see it as an argument for a government that is at least passably competent at fundamental tasks. Republicans do the country a disservice by not recognizing this truth. And since some Democrats seem to confuse Americans’ desire for a competent government with a desire for a government that does everything—a disastrous misstep in the opposite direction—Republicans need to provide a rational counterweight."Yes, I think that's about right. From "Jindal's Missed Opportunity." Maybe this isn't sufficient, but it's a productive suggestion, and I think it threads the needle of offering something of appeal and value to everyday voters while not meaningfully violating core principles.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Huzzah! Nicole Gelinas solves the Republican quandry
I was fortunate a few weeks ago to moderate a symposium with City Journal editor Nicole Gelinas as a presenter. I've been reading her pieces for years now, and always found her to moderate and insightful, and she proved to be no less so in person. Going back on some earlier pieces, I came across this gem: