BIG BUSINESS + BIG GOVERNMENT = INVINCIBILITY?….In comments to the previous post I mentioned that Matt Yglesias said something the other day that deserves more attention. So I’m going to give it some more attention:
Ultimately, it seems to me that the Democratic Party is just helpless when faced with the prospect of a GOP that isn’t even going to try to stand for conservative principles. A party organized as an alliance between Big Government and Big Business just has too many big guns on its side. The only real question is whether or not conservatives will try and take their party back from the Rove-DeLay-Frist domestic policy agenda and return the GOP to advocating something that resembles a small government philosophy.
There’s a lot of truth to this. If the Republican party is both the party of big business giveaways and the party of big government giveaways it’s going to be nearly impossible to beat because there are no constituencies left who are unhappy enough to demand change. It’s free beer for everyone!
It can’t last forever, of course, and eventually some poor Democrat will get elected to slog through the cleanup, but in the meantime it’s a pretty potent combination. In fact, it seems to me that this is a pretty good topic for an enterprising young political journalist to explore at length in a progressive magazine.