Thursday, December 23, 2010

Should you trust a Republican politician?

No, of course not.

Republicans do, however, seem to re-discover their conservative/libertarian principles if they fear a primary challenge. According to Stephen Moore at the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana) is a recent example of this. Last year, Sens. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (I-Alaska), along with other establishment-backed candidates, lost in Republican primaries. That seems to have created a new level of respect for the-will-of-the-people among Washington Republicans. Without that respect, the Omnibus pork bill and the DREAM amnesty acts would likely have passed in the Senate.

RELATED: JPattitude has a round-up of RINO activity in recent years here (PDF).

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