Ben Smith notes this odd reasoning by NY Senator Charles Schumer:
“We’re in better shape than [Republicans] are, because they don’t realize that Reaganomics is dead, that the Reagan philosophy is dead,” he said. “We realize that New Deal democracy, which is still our paradigm, which is sort of appeal to each group … that doesn’t work any more.”
He had said a bit earlier, “The old Reagan theory which dominated — which is, ‘Government is bad, it’s out of touch, chop off its hands as soon as it moves.’ — is over.”
A) I think Democrats are in better shape than the Republicans not because the Reagan philosophy is dead, but because Republicans have abandoned the Reagan philosophy.
B) The one bit of the Reagan philosophy, domestically speaking, that hasn’t been more or less ignored has been the tax cuts. And they are working beautifully, thank-you very much.
You can argue all you want about what the right philosophy is, but I certainly don’t think you can argue about the current crop of Republicans (and this absolutely positively includes George W. Bush) having a whole lot to do with the Reagan philosophy. And, since they don’t, I don’t see how you can use them to illustrate a point about the Reagan philosophy.
Unless it’s that Americans don’t have the time of day for pretenders. (via Wizbang)