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Whaaaa?

Sullivan points to what is either an utterly deranged assessment of the Bush presidency, or an over-the-top satire of ‘conservative’ thinking about the past eight years, from a law professor at Northwestern:

This Administration deserves to be trusted because it has kept us safe from terrorist attack since 9/11, has fought and won two wars, has presided over eight years of economic growth, has appointed two stellar justices to the Supreme Court, and has even learned how to do Louisiana’s job of protecting that state from hurricanes. The day will come, and not before long, when Americans will wish that George Bush was still president.

I put the word ‘conservative’ in quotation marks because most of what the Bush administration has done for eight years is not at all conservative, in the real sense of the word. I’m glad I added Sullivan to my daily reading list – I’m slowly learning what it means to be a conservative. Which is good for a budding libertarian like myself, because I still can’t for the life of me figure out why we’re supposed to consider conservatives our natural allies.

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Palin’s favourables swing negative by 21 points. Yes, it’s DailyKos but it’s definitely a trend. And good grief, she’s annoying to listen to.

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Small Government?

Watching the Republican convention tonight, I noticed several speakers mentioning that the Republicans stood for small government. After the past eight years, during which the size of the federal government increased faster than at any time since the 1930s, these claims leave me incredulous. Doesn’t anyone at the convention understand how palpably ridiculous and insulting this sounds? Is anyone there not in denial about this? What right do Republicans have to claim that they’re for small government anymore? Sullivan thinks it’s a massive televised mental breakdown. After tonight I understand what he means: they’ve become blind to the difference between their rhetoric and their actions. They no longer understand the difference between campaigning and governing. And frankly, they need to be kicked out.

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