"If you think you are rid of me in that respect, you are wrong." - James Dobson
Yesterday I went looking to buy the last copy of the Rocky Mountain News, but either I got up too late or they didn't distribute any here in Colorado Springs. The waitress at my nearby Village Inn said that the vendor only placed two in the machine that morning...
“Our advice: Beware of geeks bearing formulas.” Solid advice anytime...
Steve Benen, the Political Animal reports: "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich received a hero's welcome at the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. yesterday, and proceeded to blast "the Bush-Obama big spending program."
It's a phrase Gingrich is clearly very fond of. Indeed, the ethically-challenged former Speaker seems really intent on connecting President Obama's economic policies to George W. Bush's. Two weeks ago, Gingrich had an op-ed in the Washington Times in which he used the phrase "Bush-Obama" four times in four paragraphs.
And while the phrase hasn't caught on as a conservative talking point, ol' Newt isn't giving up on his argument.
...Mr. Gingrich gave voice to the lingering ire many conservatives still harbor over the fiscal policies of the President George W. Bush, tracing the lineage of Mr. Obama's stimulus package and budget back to what he stated flatly were a string of "failed" spending and bailout plans hatched during the final months of the Bush administration.
I understand the point he's trying to get across. Bush increased spending, Obama is increasing spending. Bush's policies were a disaster for the economy, so Obama's policies.... It has a certain child-like appeal, just so long as no one thinks about it too much.
But the reason this isn't a compelling argument -- aside from the fact that it has no relation to reality -- is that Gingrich's point undermines the other Republican talking points. The principal complaint from the right about Obama's spending plans is that they're "radical." The spending is "unprecedented." The agenda represents "socialism."
And despite all of this, Gingrich nevertheless argues that Obama's spending "is more of the Bush-Obama continuity and represents more of the same instead of 'change you can believe in." So now we can add the Bush socialistic economy to the conservative Taliban insurgency. I'm so glad that not that many of my brain cells died after I turned 40, unlike Mr gingrich and his ilk...