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February 22, 2010

Will to Power

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at February 22, 2010 9:54 AM

Doug M tells me and Powerline agrees that George Will's speech to CPAC was nothing short of amazing. So, I am embedding part of it.

Meanwhile, there seems to split opinions on Glenn Beck's keynote address. Bill Bennett and some others seem to think he was too hard on the Republican Party, others think it struck the right note for holding the Republicans' feet to the fire.

I have not heard people in the Republican Party yet admit that they have a problem. And when they do say they have a problem I don't know if I believe them. I haven't seen the come to Jesus moment of the Republican Party yet. I've voted Republicans almost every time in - every time I've gone. I - I don't know what they even stand for any more. And they've got to recognize that they have a problem. Hello! My name is the Republican Party and I've got a problem. I'm addicted to spending and big government.

Reading the complete text of the speech, I am more sympathetic to Beck's argument than to Bennett's criticism. While Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell have begun the task of cutting back their states' monstrous spending, I still haven't seen anything coherent on fiscal restraint, let alone rolling back progressivism, from the national party.