Politics Reading the Anti-Bailout Republicans
posted by October 1 at 10:25 AMon
“Who are all these anti-bailout Republicans?” people keep asking. “And what do they mean?” Rachel Maddow asked on her new show on MSNBC last night. The Wall Street Journal is asking on its blogs. The Irish Times is asking in its paper.
They were at the Republican National Convention this year, from some of its youngest attendees (Saul Farber, 22, running for New York State Assembly) and some of its oldest (Tim Babcock, 89, former trucker and governor of Montana).
They’re the growing movement of fiscal conservatives, not social conservatives. They like Goldwater and grumble quietly about toxic evangelicals and big government and the wrong turns their party has taken in the last ten years. They’re not interested in fighting for constitutional marriage amendments and the War on Drugs—they’re the better half of the Republican party and they’re starting to rebel against the worse.
(And they haven’t been conjured by the McCain campaign: all eight members of the Arizona delegation, McCain’s home state, voted against the bailout bill.)
They’re reason to hope.