September 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Germane to current discussions -- all hail!

The political reality is that the real GOP problem isn't John Boehner or Mitch McConnell. It's James Madison, who designed a government of checks and balances that is hard to overcome without the White House. GOP leaders have made mistakes in the Obama era, but the party simply doesn't have the votes to pass most of its preferred policy outcomes, much less to override a Democratic President. -- WSJ Ed Page

Mea culpa. The first post attributed this to James Taranto. ThreeSources regrets the error.

Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at September 9, 2015 3:24 PM

I read a comment on PowerLine that speaks to this thread

if they don't have the votes for a measure, they move on to the next...

(and further paraphrasing):
McConnel & Boehner are [deal makers] who quite often have a go-along2get-along philosophy. These days, the reigning philosophy in DC is bigger government will eventually solve problems (by assimilation, if nothing else), and let's just stand, Buckley-like, athwart shouting "stop!" yet wispering 'as long as it doesn't upset things too much...'

To this mindset, Carly and Cruz are the revolutionaries.... vive la revolucion!

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 10, 2015 4:03 PM

And here is Steven Hayward noting in his PowerLine column:

Republican majority in Congress does not mean there is a conservative majority

Noting some GOP accomplishments, and quoting Charles Howard McIlwain’s Constitutionalism Ancient and Modern:

A constitutional government will always be a weak government when compared with an arbitrary one. There will be many desirable things, as well as undesirable, which are easy for a despotism but impossible elsewhere. Constitutionalism suffers from the defects inherent in its own merits.

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 10, 2015 4:16 PM | What do you think? [2]