(Originally posted at about 8:30 a.m.; carried to the top late Tuesday evening for visibility purposes)
It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.
I appreciate the editors at PJM expediting their review. The item went up at midnight PT and already has 28 comments, so it was a good call on their part to get after it quickly.
UPDATE, 10:15 P.M.: The column wonders whether we can really wait 18 months for a genuine fix, or if we’ll go over the cliff before the opportunity arrives.
If it does Jeffrey Lord at the American Spectator makes a good although IMO a bit overexuberant case that the Tea Party movement has permanently altered the landscape, and has the potential to permanently improve the country. In the final web page of his piece, he goes after the Wall Street Journal’s record of the past week (WSJ link added by me):
The WSJ’s attacks yesterday against Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann and Sean Hannity, saying “sooner or later the GOP had to give up the hostage” — follows another editorial in which the paper railed against Tea Party members as “hobbits.” The paper, sounding like cranky British Tories in 1775 Boston rather than the bold, forward-looking paper that championed the much-derided ideas of Ronald Reagan, wildly bought into the liberal notion that the Tea Party from Hobbitville is somehow holding the government hostage, instead of the other way around. In fact Big Government liberalism has spent decades holding and trying to hold the average American hostage to all manner of outrageous tax rates, taxes and regulations on everything from capital gains to sex (in Harry Reid’s Nevada) to soda, SUVs and poker.
Let me see if I understand this without drink, drugs or rock and roll: the Wall Street Journal is saying that because Senator DeMint, Congresswoman Bachmann and Sean Hannity are not caving to President Obama — they are insufficiently conservative?
My oh my oh my oh my.
The view from here in Hobbitville is that our WSJ friends and other conservatives who seem inexplicably to have wanted to fold out of what Rush Limbaugh bluntly labeled “fear” are betraying nothing as much as an odd editorial-version of a Big Government, tax-and-spend Stockholm syndrome. The psychological shift where the hostage identifies with the hostage-taker. Oh please don’t hurt me and I’ll compromise!!!!!!!!!
The Tea Party not only would have none of this, the Tea Party’s role in all of this marks the definitive and latest American “Tipping Point” — a point when the balance is discernibly shifting and the world changes.
If I accept that we’re at a tipping point (I’m not ready to do that yet; a totally game-changing election is needed to convince me), the question becomes how much “tipping” will really take place.
Now — right now — is the time for Tea Party patriots as individuals to broaden their reach. If the newly engaged can each find 3-4 new converts (not necessarily activists, but at least converts) between now and next year’s primaries (in Ohio’s case, between now and November because of the important issues on the ballot), they could create a tidal wave which would relegate “hope and change” to a mere ripple. The easy way out will be to stay within your own new circle of influence. It’s also the path to stagnation. If you can explain what you are about to others, you will find that the vast, vast majority of America agrees with you. Reach out.