The fact that somebody as smart and careful as Amy Walter (I’ve heard her on Face the Nation, and she’s as down-the-middle-objective as Dickerson is) can even ask that question is deeply frustrating to me.
Journalists have this idea that Tea Party types have a list of 100 items and require candidates to score 100 out of 100 on that list.
How refreshing it would be to find a journalist capable of seeing past opposition to an issue to the principles behind the opposition. Instead of assuming partisanship or fanaticism or some drive for absolute purity on every issue.
To liberty-loving small gov types putting “comprehensive” in front of any proposal is a solemn promise of large-scale failure and oppression.
For instance, we immigration hawks know that comprehensive immigration reform is the Holy Grail of the establishment, who believe it will bring a flood of hispanic votes into the Republican column.
And we also know this is a complete fantasy.
Republicans will never out-pander Democrats to get hispanic votes.
Not until we crack open the Spanish language public relations machinery Democrats have used over decades to infiltrate hispanic communities—and poison the well against Republicans.
Tea Party folks long for a day when the federal government is completely out of the education business.
And here comes this guy selling—guess what? Common core.
Not exactly power to the parents, that one.
Even if government somehow miraculously developed a case of inexplicable competence.
Which it hasn’t so far.
We are not invertebrates mindlessly responding to simple stimuli
We are sentient beings capable of understanding advanced concepts and applying them to the challenges of governance..
Like the American Constitution.
And we ask better of the people we hire to represent us in Washington.
Is that too much to ask?