NARRATIVE FAIL (CONT’D): “According to the caricature, the tea partiers elected a group of freshmen Republicans who want government slashed right now, can’t compromise, and are ready to let the heavens fall for the sake of ideological purity. They are, to use E. J. Dionne’s unfortunate phrase in his column today, ‘fire-eaters.’ In reality, most freshmen voted for the continuing resolution. Most of them voted for the last one, too–the one that the Club for Growth, Heritage Action, and other conservative groups were whipping against. Maybe you’re disappointed by the way the freshmen are behaving, or maybe you’re pleased, but either way they’re not conforming to the storyline.”In a way, I am happy with the Freshmen, because we have to start walking this deficit and this debt back. Politics is the art of the possible. And, it is about encouraging the other side to move. We will hear from the President on Wednesday about his plans to deal with the growing debt issue.
I wish that E.J. Dionne were right — but, really, how likely is that?
Regards — Cliff