I saw people saying things and read people writing things that bore no relationship to reality whatsoever. I'll give you an example. I say that we keep throwing away our core beliefs in order to get to what matters. Well, what really matters, apparently, is spending. "What really matters is out-of-control spending, and that's what we really have to get our arms around, and this tax business? Ehhh, we were never gonna win that. Let's throw that away.
On how many other things have we said, "Yeah, throw that away. Let's throw away our stand on immigration. Let's throw our stand on abortion. Let's throw away our stand on the social issues. All these things are causing us trouble, don't you see, Mr. Limbaugh? We've gotta get rid of all these things we're gonna lose on anyway and get to what matters: Spending!" I don't know where they get this thought process that somehow we're gonna win that.
While we lose everything else and throw everything else away and give up on everything else, we're gonna win the spending argument? This is what I don't understand. I'd like for it to happen, don't misunderstand, but I don't think our people get it. I'm all for optimism when there are things to be optimistic about. John O'Sullivan, the former editor of the National Review, points out that optimism is a state of mind; it is not a principle for governance.
100% correct. GOP is running out of principles to compromise on, cave in on, or throw away. We keep hearing how the GOP need to fold on amnesty, immigration, gay marriage, abortion, gun rights, entitlements, taxes, etc. etc. etc. etc. then the GOP can get the democrats where it really matters, spending.
But if the GOP can't hold firm on any of the above core principles, what makes you possibly think they can hold firm and get the Democrats to fold when it comes to the very foundation of the democrat party, high levels of government spending?