John Dickerson on the Obama team making the conservatives’ case for them

BIO_dickerson-john-2011Some of my conservative buddies on Twitter are not exactly fans of John Dickerson. Personally, I find him to be a straight shooter along the lines of Jake Tapper. One of the things I keep repeating to them is that John is accessible and open to opposing points of view.

I think you can see this in his latest Slate piece, The Obama administration is making the case for conservatism better than Mitt Romney ever did:

The Obama administration is doing a far better job making the case for conservatism than Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, or John Boehner ever did. Showing is always better than telling, and when the government overreaches in so many ways it gives support to the conservative argument about the inherently rapacious nature of government.

My first reaction is probably similar to that of my fellow Twitter conservatives: Romney, McConnell, and Boehner aren’t exactly all-pro at political story-telling. Heck, Romney couldn’t even tell his own story, which was remarkably compelling to the few people who were actually aware of it.

I’m also not convinced this particular trio of Republicans have grasped, at the core of their being, exactly how “inherently rapacious” big government, at its core, is. Nor do I think they have any real idea where to draw the line on growth—exactly how big the government can be allowed to grow before it becomes dangerous.

I’ve talked in this space before about my own view of the limits Congress should place on itself as it studies problems and considers potential legislative remedies. In my view, those limits need to be whole lot tighter than they’ve been for a very long time.

You see, the problem isn’t simply government’s size—although, as even David Axelrod (accidentally) acknowledges, the government is too big now to be managed well or held accountable for its transgressions. The problem is the idea of the central government doing things that are best left to the People or the States. The idea that government inherently knows better than its citizens and communities what is best for them. And the idea that money and technocrats can solve all of society’s ills.

So, here’s hoping Republican leadership finally grasps the dangers, not just of big government, but of any government that acts outside its constitutionally-defined mandates.

Because the media is beginning to, at long last.

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