12 December 2005

The Battle Is Joined

Pat Toomey, who knows a thing or two about fighting "moderate" republicans, has a great piece in Opinion Journal about the RI Republican Senatorial primary next year.

In an announcement from The Club For Growth endorsing Steve Laffey over the RINO from Virginia, he calls to task the "leadership" of the national party. Mr. Toomey reminds us what Ronald Reagan stood for, limited government, a strong nation (economically and militarily), and lower taxes. And he lays the support for Sen Chafee on a

dutifully enforce(ed)... Unprincipled, though ironclad, mutual-defense agreement that ignores ideology.

This mutual defense agreement puts more emphasis on the number of Republicans in the Senate, than on the type of Republicans we have in the Senate.

The following quote from Mr. Toomey says the things about this race that I wish I had said.

After 10 years of controlling Congress, Washington Republicans have an identity crisis. It was Republicans who gave us a farm bill that only a Soviet central planner could love; a campaign-finance reform bill that expands government's unconstitutional restrictions on speech; a prescription-drug entitlement program that Lyndon Johnson could only have dreamed of; and a transportation bill with more than 40-times as many pork projects it took to earn Reagan's veto. So, we ask a fair question: Is Reagan's vision of limited government --the fundamental principle that brought Republicans to power-- still part of the Republican identity, or has it been abandoned in favor of the seductive power of controlling unlimited government?

Now let us see what the "leaders" of the party have to say about this.

My guess is they will attack Pat Toomey and not work to fix the root problem.

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