That is why the Left is so angry, despite any limitations some in the Tea Party point to. Look at the rather hysterical rant of the left-wing columnist Michael Tomasky. He admits that his early belief after Obama’s 2008 victory that America would now move left has been dashed. Indeed, he writes, the opposite has happened: “It now seems plausible that Obama is ushering in a conservative era….[by] simply handing the Republicans the keys to the house and saying, ‘Take what you want.’”
Tomasky cries about the curtailment of discretionary spending and looming entitlement cuts; he argues that the economy will not rebound because there will be less government spending (that Keynesianism again) and that worse, if Obama is re-elected he will have to increase the debt limit again and again.
Like Nocera, Tomasky too uses the analogy of terrorists and hostage-takers. Evidently, they got together in a new secret journ-o-list and agreed upon these talking points. He writes that “once you give in to hostage-takers’ demands, you embolden them to try for more next time.”
So I return to my original question. Why are the supporters of Rand Paul and some in the Tea Party so upset? They will undoubtedly respond that they did not get the country back on a sound footing, they did not get all that they wanted, and the current deal has flaws. True enough. But American politics is the art of the possible, and in that political battle, conservatives won and liberals and the left lost.
Now if only everyone would get together and pick a Republican candidate who could actually win against Barack Obama. Liberals fear he is finished and is too much of a weakened president. He might be, but without a strong contender who can unite all those dissatisfied with Obama and, in particular, appeal to the young, educated new generation of Republican voters and college graduates, his defeat is not a sure thing. I fear that in his scathing alphabetical count of every area in which Obama has failed, WSJ columnist Bret Stephens is right in his last observation. He writes:
Z is for zero, which is the likelihood that one of the current GOP hopefuls will defeat Mr. Obama in 2012.
It’s our job to prove Stephens wrong.