Monday, January 28, 2008

GOP's and fiscal conservatism don't mix

More from Robert Novak at further evidence that fiscal conservatives continue to be marginalized within the GOP. Apparently, if you want fiscal conservatism, you're going to have to look elsewhere.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell completely shut down any negative talk about earmarks during the closed-door Senate GOP retreat Wednesday at the Library of Congress, rejecting demands by anti-earmark reformers.

Sen. Ted Stevens, the senior Republican senator and former Appropriations Committee chairman who is under federal criminal investigation, delivered a pro-earmark lecture. He was seconded by two other appropriators, Robert Bennett and Kit Bond.

A footnote: The House Republican retreat at the Greenbrier resort, starting Thursday, scheduled a full-scale debate on earmarks. There was little chance, however, for the GOP congressmen to pass a quarantine on Republican members requesting earmarks this year.


At January 29, 2008 at 8:39 AM , Blogger Bryce Raley said...

If you want social conservatism you're going to have to look elsewhere as well.

Fox News has pushed Giulianni and Romney the entire primary season.
Giulianni, I respect for his positions on marriage and life, however I don't agree with him.
Romney, seems to change his social positions in the year before his most recent election. Pro life, pro marriage, pro guns now!

Fox is owned and staffed by a tremendous amount of Catholic moderates- when it comes to social issues. I was raised Catholic and know the traditions and attitudes very well. Hannity, O'Reilley, Ingram, and many others have been anti "the evangelical guy" this whole race. Reminds me of their insistence on the Catholic Samuel Alito versus Harriet Miers. She was a little too born again to be on the high court. It is no surprise that there are no born again justices. There are currently five catholics, two jews, and I don't know how to classify the other two.


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