Andrew Sullivan still tries to portray himself as a small government conservative who was turned off by Republicans, in part, because of their embrace of massive spending during the Bush administration. Yet in a post today criticizing conservatives for spinning the Iraq War, he concludes:
It’s of a piece with the looming Republican plan to assail Obama for massive spending after the GOP increased government spending for eight years at a pace not seen since the 1930s.
If these people had any shame, they might hold their peace. But we know at this point that the more shame is merited the less these people feel.
So would Sullivan be happier if Republicans sat on their hands and refrianed from protesting massive spending so that Obama can expand the size of government even more rapidly than he otherwise would be able to? Would he rather a situation in which nobody in Washington advocates the type of fiscal restraint that he supposedly supports merely for the sake of consistency?