“[I]f one thing is clear, it’s that the early-voting states have sent a clear signal in favor of activism over ideology, suggesting that the traditional Republican anti-tax, anti-spending message might not satisfy even some conservatives in a time of economic unease,” writes Peter S. Canellos in yesterday’s Boston Globe.
Leave it to the Globe to fundamentally misunderstand the pit into which the Party of Reagan has followed the advocates of big government.
Yes, when the media-annointed top tier of any field of candidates consists exclusively of big-government paternalists, any election will likely be won by a big-government paternalist.
But the great untold story of this primary season is the low turnout in Republican races. Roughly twice as many Democrats as Republicans participated in the Iowa caucuses. In New Hampshire, the Democrats ran short of ballots; not so the Republicans. Michigan’s hotly contested Republican primary drew only 300,000 or so more voters than its pointless DemocratIC beauty contest.
Republican voters aren’t turning out in droves for bigger government; they’re staying home.
The true test of Republican betrayal isn’t whether voters select a nanny wannabe from field dominated by nanny wannabes; it’s whether they see a field of nanny wannabes and select None of the Above.