broadly, however, the Abramoff scandal wouldn’t resonate nearly as much
with the public if it didn’t fit a GOP pattern of becoming cozy with
Beltway mores. The party that swept to power on term limits, spending
restraint and reform has become the party of incumbency, 6,371
highway-bill "earmarks," and K Street. And it’s no defense to say that
Democrats would do the same. Of course Democrats would, but then
they’ve always claimed to be the party of government. If that’s what
voters want, they’ll choose the real thing.
After admittedly being seduced by the whole ‘1994 thing,’ it didn’t really take long to understand that nothing was materially going to change. It was perhaps a year, at most. Two years ago, I blogged an entry that I think is pretty apropos today, really going to the fundamental reasons why the Republicans did not and will not change anything. (Reading it now also makes me think that my writing is getting worse.) That entry concludes as follows, but please do go and read the whole thing.
What else is there to conclude but that the Republicans have
perpetuated a big fraud? They have never really stood for what they
have claimed to stand for. And it’s not that they simply lack the
political will, it is that they lack the necessary and imperative moral
convictions entirely, but go about fraudulently promising to do what
cannot be done within the framework of the premises they do hold.
They deserve no one’s support.
At least the Democrats are “trustworthy.” They promise to increase
the size, scope, and cost of government, and they deliver on that
promise consistently and unabashedly. Their problem is one of simple
dishonesty in demonizing the virtuous while canonizing
scoundrels—within an overall framework of foisting guilt upon the most
productive and cultivating an esprit of entitlement and victimhood on
So, take your pick, the fraud of the Republicans or the manipulative
dishonesty of the Democrats. There is a third, principled option, which
is to not participate at all and just jeer from the stands. That’s where you’ll find me.