Friday, September 16, 2005

Josh Marshall Fortune Cookie

Last night, President Bush said:

"It is now clear that a challenge on this scale requires greater federal authority and a broader role for the armed forces."

Josh Marshall, producer of the gold-standard of liberal blogs, Talking Points Memo, responded to that scary thought with this outstanding gem:

"You don't repair disorganized or incompetent government by granting it more power. You fix it by making it more organized and more competent. If conservatism can't grasp that point, what is it good for?"

There is genuine fraticide going down with the GOP. From Delay saying there is no more fat to cut, to Lott saying, “You are a fiscal conservative until you get hit by a natural disaster." And the NYTimes quotes GOP Senator Tom Coburn, "I don't believe that everything that should happen in Louisiana should be paid for by the rest of the country. I believe there are certain responsibilities that are due the people of Louisiana."

Out of Katrina, we may well get the political makeovers that are long overdue. The Democratic Party may finally find its voice. And fiscal conservatism and accountability may overtake the cronyism that infects both parties but which has totally debilitated the Republican Party.

What say you RINO's?