November 12, 2006

Quote of the Day

"Some people seem to believe that their party could and should stay in power forever, always holding all branches of government, and that any loss any time is inexcusable, and always is somebody's fault. This is insanity. No party has enough of the people, or enough of the truth, to make this sustainable: The system is built around balance of power, frequent reverses, enforced House cleanings, and changes in tone. As David Brooks notes, lack of power corrupts absolutely. In the 1950's, having lost the White House for five elections running, Republicans produced Joe McCarthy. In the past decade, Democrats lost Congress and some very tight races, and produced Michael Moore. Few conservatives are morose at the loss of the House, which ought to flip every decade for reasons of hygiene. Turn the rascals out, and bring in new rascals. And then throw the new rascals out."
-Noemie Emery, providing some sober analysis in- of all places- the Weekly Standard. Though I wouldn't argue that Michael Moore, noxious as he is, has been anywhere near the destructive force in America that McCarthy was. Posted by Stephen Silver at November 12, 2006 10:30 PM
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