Quote of the Week: Larison on the GOP's fiscal bona fides

This is a long one… sorry:

Obviously, it is easier to remain principled in opposition, which is why the GOP leadership in Congress deserves so little credit and some criticism for suddenly becoming “principled” at the moment when it makes absolutely no difference either politically or substantively. Having practically burned down the house, the top GOP leaders now strut and pose as fire-fighting experts when scarcely a year or two ago they denied that the house was even flammable.

… Now that the other party is in power, everyone is supposed to return to their previously-assigned roles c.2000, as if the last eight years never happened, and we are all supposed to return to pretending that the GOP’s deep disagreements really derive from a profound set of beliefs that drive their political leaders to do the things that they do. It’s a bit like Romney’s act during the primaries. It might not be so bad that the politicians are engaged in rank opportunism to the extent that this shows that the pols are listening to their constituents and representing their views, but could we at least be spared the pretense that the pols are merely bearing witness to their strongly-held convictions? For that matter, can we agree that the GOP, even when it happens to get this or that policy right, should not be allowed to forget its role in creating or acquiescing in the creation of the current predicament? Could we also agree that permitting the GOP to evade responsibility for its failures would be an example of the pernicious sort of partisanship and partisan loyalty that deserves no defense?
Daniel Larison

Larison puts into words my feelings about the recent Republican rediscovery of fiscal responsibility.


  1. Ian

    The Democrats were equally bad in the other direction under Bush. Rather than stand up and adhere to their fundamental values and fight the GOP, they just went right along with what Bush wanted on some really important issues. They all suck.

  2. Chris

    No doubt Ian, but I found the GOPs recent strain of holier-than-thou fiscal responsibility especially irksome.