“Gift” Killers

If there’s a constant theme I’ve been hitting since Election Day, it’s that no one should be fooled by all the “soul-searching” going on in the Republican Party. To the extent it genuinely exists, it’s mostly about rhetoric, tone, and how Republicans sell the same old ideology and policies.

At WaPo, Greg Sargent notes one of the most glaring examples of the gap between “style points” and substance involves a certain governor:

Bobby Jindal, one of the most vocal critic of Romney’s “gift” claim, has called for the repeal of Obamacare to end Obama’s “culture of dependence.”

Pols like Jindal are perfectly entitled to express their threadbare belief that conservative policies will ultimately benefit everyone in the country, typically via the classic trickle-down means. But when combined with the usual “culture of dependency” rhetoric (a favorite of Paul Ryan’s as well), it differs only in the smallest degree from Romney’s suggestion of a corrupt bargain between Democrats and those who benefit from America’s anemic version of a welfare state.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.