The Budget Deal Analogy

As the days pass, more and more people on the Right are voicing concerns about the Paulson bailout plan. One political operative, Patrick Ruffini, has even said:

Republican incumbents in close races have the easiest vote of their lives coming up this week: No on the Bush-Pelosi Wall Street bailout. God Himself couldn’t have given rank-and-file Republicans a better opportunity to create political space between themselves and the Administration. That’s why I want to see 40 Republican No votes in the Senate, and 150+ in the House.

In 1990, the Elder Bush administration and a Democratic Congress came together to pass a budget deal that imposed spending caps and tax increases. The response by Republicans on Capitol Hill was unprecedented; the insurgent Newt Gingrich, who had just become a member of the GOP Congressional leadership, actually led more than 100 of his colleagues in outright opposition to the legislation being championed by the president, the titular head of his own party.

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The Budget Deal Analogy

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