The cause of this: The GOP majority has SOLD OUT to DC culture and essentially become fat, dumb, drunk and happy. Zach Wamp, who I initially thought was a made-up congressman for National Review to make a larger point, is just a symptom.
Anyway, where does that leave our political debate? If the GOP is now the Dems, where are the Dems? If the GOP won't rein in spending, do we have to look to the Democrats to do so?
The political issue is out there, a brass ring lying on the ground. It's not only a proven vote-getter, it's a proven election winner. All the Dems have to do is pick it up. Dubya can't — he's compromised on the issue. The GOP can't — they spent the money.
This is, by the way, is why I'm considering voting for John Kerry. Because all Kerry has to do is find some outrage over spending, take national security off the table (easy enough) and he's got an excellent shot at winning. I'm waiting to see if he's smart enough to grab it.
Bush's first term weakness is not Iraq. Stop talking about it, Dems. No matter what, you'll have to continue that war, and in a robust manner. You may feel you're right, but you'll lose the election if you campaign on it.
But spending is an issue in which the GOP is extremely vulnerable. The brass ring is there. The Dems just gotta pick it up off the ground, and run with it.