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Tea Party Puts Republicans on Road to Disaster

Democrats have sunk so low since 2006 and 2008 because they have gone too far left, proposing big-government solutions to every problem and swelling the national debt.

A Gallup poll in June showed that 49 percent of voters thought the Democratic Party “too liberal,” while 38 percent thought it “just right.” Forty percent thought the GOP “too conservative” and 41 percent “just right.”

What’s going to happen when it sinks in with the public that Republicans want to make all of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts permanent, adding $3.9 trillion to the national debt? It may not hurt them in this election, but eventually, it will.

Of course, as Democrats lose marginal seats, their ranks will become more solidly liberal. That won’t matter much if they lose control of the House, but it will further polarize American politics.

Two very bright conservatives, New York Times columnist David Brooks and Peter Berkowitz of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, have warned recently that conservatives need to remember that, if elected, they have a responsibility to govern and solve problems, not just oppose government.

“Those responsibilities,” Berkowitz wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “include putting people to work and reigniting the economy — and devising alternatives to Obamacare ... to provide affordable and decent health care.”

As Brooks wrote this week, “if the current Republican Party regards every new bit of government action as a step on the road to serfdom, then the party will be taking [the] long, mainstream tradition [of government action dating to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln] and exiling it from the GOP.”

The GOP is heading out of the mainstream. The disastrous examples of Barry Goldwater in 1964 and George McGovern in 1972 should be instructive.

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