But what changed, and this is what all Republicans are going to have to learn because it’s new, is that spending became a vote-moving issue. It has not been that before. They don’t call them spending revolts; they call them tax revolts. They take place when the taxes go up, but the taxes never go up in anticipation of spending. Spending usually goes up first.
I don’t think what you learn is whether we should or shouldn’t be primarying this sort of person or that sort of person. What we learn is there’s a new issue—there’s a new issue that can end your political career.
As the 2010 elections get into full swing, we must ask ourselves if this is still true.
I come to this question today through the The Dallas Morning News report on a conservative district held by a Democrat who has historically kept his seat through pork projects. Can this persist? The answer, come November, will be fascinating either way.