JONATHAN CHAIT JANUARY 5, 2010
Andrew Breitbart has an excerpt of Michael Steele’s new book. This ranks among the most redundant passages I have ever read in a text that is not an elementary school book report:
Don’t believe the pundits’ common refrain that the Republican Party has moved too far to the right. In reality, the problem is that we’ve been moving to the left.
The disparity between our rhetoric and our action grew until our credibility snapped. It wasn’t the fault of our ideals. It was the failure of our leaders to live up to them.
Republicans stopped putting up a fight. Not all of us gave up the fight and not all the time. But many, especially among our leaders, have in recent years allowed our principles to be buried under layers of compromise or outright abandonment in the name of power and acceptance and going along to get along.
Here’s why we’ve fallen out of touch with typical Americans: we’ve acquiesced to big government, big spending, and increased federal control that diminishes the authority of families and the rights of individuals.
Over time, many of our party’s leaders abandoned conservative principles in a misguided effort to maintain and expand their political influence. We became in many ways just another party of big government. In short, we behaved like Democrats
Republicans gave in to big government, and we paid the price. The road forward is clear: we need to reclaim conservative values.
Every paragraph says the same thing. And this is the passage they chose to excerpt!