Monday, March 29, 2010

Will pork spending cut the other way?

Last May, in the wake of the stimulus vote and Arlen Specter's defection from the GOP, Grover Norquist offered this game-changing observation (bold added):

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.

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