It may seem as if the Republican Party has shifted the focus of its economic thinking from voodoo economics, with its huge tax cuts and devil-may-care attitude about deficits, to a Hooverite certainty that the solution to economic crisis is to balance the budget. In fact, the only thing that's changed is the context.
Carly Fiorina, running for the GOP Senate nomination in California, attacks Tom Campbell: The funny thing about this ad, aside from the clumsy over-the-top quality, is the metaphor. The message of the ad is that Campbell is an ideological deviant. All the other Republicans signed Grover Norquist's no-taxes-ever pledge, but Campbell refused. Campbell went off on his own and made a budget deal in order to prevent a fiscal collapse. And what's the metaphor the ad uses? Sheep. But not in a disparaging way. The good politicians are sheep, doing what Grover Norquist tells them to do.