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.