“Doing What an Angry 3-Year-Old Would Do” Is the Only Remaining Republican Principle
Republican politicians have long been willing to set aside certain conservative principles for the good of the in-group. Their concerns about deficits don’t apply when the deficits are created by upper-bracket tax cuts, while their concerns about government spending don’t apply to spending directed to contractors, like those in the defense industry, that often hire former Republican officeholders.
The MAGA era, though, has accelerated the abandonment of Actual Conservatism to the point that there is almost none of it left animating the party’s decisions. Republicans have long argued, for instance, that “big government regulations” are a problem and that local officials should have as much autonomy as possible. They’ve dabbled in ignoring that idea when, say, a blue city in a red state wanted to increase its minimum wage. But …
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