I'm afraid that I must continue my various love affairs with Washington Post columnists by posting an excerpt from E.J. Dionne's hilarious new piece on Republican pork:
"Okay, all incumbents brag. But from Craney Island, Va., to Cedarville, Ohio, to Pompey's Pillar in Montana, most Republican senators in tight races want to get your mind off that irrelevant stuff -- you know, President Bush, Iraq, the deficit, oil prices -- and on to those nice little things they've gotten that terrible, horrible, no good, very bad big government to do for you."
This makes me wonder. Do Republicans today even bother to campaign as the party of small government? If so, I haven't seen it. Sure, they still try at the state level, where legislatures are populated by marginal ideologues with the analytical power of fleas. But perhaps even the Republican party isn't shameless enough to rail at big government while leading the most frivolous federal spending binge in years?