Charles Krauthammer, reflecting on the debt ceiling compromise, tells Fox News that the Tea Party Movement has done what it set out to do. It has changed the topic of America’s political debate.
Not so very long ago, at the time of his State of the Union address in January, Barack Obama was talking about more stimulus, “investment” in non-existent and uneconomic technologies, and the United States was firmly on the path to becoming another European-style welfare state. Looking back, Obama seems to be living in a different era. We are now in the period in which Americans recognize that government expansion and spending has gone too far, entitlements need to be rolled back, and the purposes and abilities of government re-evaluated. Obama has become a relic of the past, a fossil, and the Tea Party has been responsible.
Krauthammer, I think perfectly correctly views the still-pending-enactment debt bargain as a limited victory, but also as a turning point.
See the non-embeddable 2:01 video at Right Scoop.
The same Charles Krauthammer had warned last Thursday:
I have every sympathy with the conservative counterrevolutionaries. Their containment of the Obama experiment has been remarkable. But reversal â€” rollback, in Cold War parlance â€” is simply not achievable until conservatives receive a mandate to govern from the White House.
Lincoln is reputed to have said: I hope to have God on my side, but I must have Kentucky. I donâ€™t know whether conservatives have God on their side (I keep getting sent to His voice mail), but I do know that they donâ€™t have Kentucky â€” they donâ€™t have the Senate, they donâ€™t have the White House. And under our constitutional system, you cannot govern from one house alone. Todayâ€™s resurgent conservatism, with its fidelity to constitutionalism, should be particularly attuned to this constraint, imposed as it is by a system of deliberately separated â€” and mutually limiting â€” powers.
Given this reality, trying to force the issue â€” turn a blocking minority into a governing authority â€” is not just counter-constitutional in spirit but self-destructive in practice. …
November 2012 constitutes the new conservatismâ€™s one chance to restructure government and change the ideological course of the country. Why risk forfeiting that outcome by offering to share ownership of Obamaâ€™s wreckage?