Magazine article The American Conservative

Vote against the Other Guy

Magazine article The American Conservative

Vote against the Other Guy

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Congressional Republicans lost over 40 seats between 2006 and 2008, a clear repudiation of the Bush years. But now Democrats, who won their majority on the back of Karl Rove's party-building efforts--which party was he trying to build, exactly?--are finding that victory comes with a dangerous companion: responsibility.

So far, Barack Obama's party has not been up to the test. The president's plans for overhauling healthcare bogged down before Congress's summer recess, as "tea party" tax protests and townhall revolts broke out across the country. Americans don't want Republican wars, but are also chary of massive expansions of the welfare state during the worst economy since the Great Depression.

Now Blue Dog Democrats are caught in the same pincer that Republicans faced under Bush: they have a choice between their president's grandiose plans and their constituents' skepticism. TAC contributing editor Jim Antle reminds those (relatively) conservative Democrats who picked up Republicans seats in the last two elections what happened to one-term Pennsylvania Democrat Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky in 1994. …

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