Saturday, April 09, 2005
David Brooks get it, either.. Brooks somehow conflates public anxiety over some of the positions that the GOP leadership is taking with the unhappiness over DeLay's 'personal' transgressions. Republicans aren't looking to have DeLay thrown out of the leadership because of DeLay's shrill comments towards, as Brooks puts it, "beloved institutions like the judiciary", or because the GOP has been spending money like they were Democrats, or because the nation hasn't taken to Bush's Social Security reform proposals.
No, David, DeLay would still be in trouble even if Schiavo had never happened, or the budget was balanced, or Bush had never taken Social Security reform as his next big thing. DeLay is in trouble because conservatives don't like to think of their leaders as taking personal advantage of their position. We send them to Washington to work for us, not for themselves. We don't like the idea of them being bought off by those seeking their votes.
It's just part of what makes us think we're different from the Democrats... they rallied around Clinton because he delivered for them (keep in mind the only people to resign from his administration were those who objected to his policies). At least I'd like to think that we're not like that...