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Jewish World Review Feb. 9, 2009 / 15 Shevat 5769

Republicans Can Win by Defending the Free Market

By Robert Tracinski


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It is only two weeks into the Obama administration, and we have already had a definitive test of the new president's political mettle. The result? Obama is beatable.

It is startling to contemplate that a charismatic, articulate politician who won the presidency by a clear margin and was just sworn into office with nearly universal good wishes and a high popularity rating felt compelled, only two weeks into his presidency, to make the rounds on the talk-show circuit apologizing for the fact that he "screwed up" in his selection of nominees for key cabinet positions.

And the clumsy errors of the Obama transition continue. The Washington Post reports that Obama originally chose General Anthony Zinni as his ambassador to Baghdad — only to drop the offer a few days later without warning or explanation. Who did Obama end up picking for the job? Christopher Hill, the guy who has been running the Bush administration's negotiations with North Korea. And we all know how well that has turned out.

Obama's biggest mistake is that he has botched his first big legislative priority: the so-called "stimulus" package.

This was the bill that Obama started promoting several weeks before he was sworn in, in the expectation of having it on his desk to sign within days or even hours of taking office. Yet even after a personal "charm offensive" by Obama, he could not persuade a single House Republican to vote for it. The Democratic leadership in the Senate is now admitting that the bill is dead there unless it undergoes major revisions and significant cuts.

Has a new president ever failed quite so rapidly in the achievement of his first domestic political goal?

How did Obama lose this one? On the tactical level, the mistake was simple. He let House Democrats lard up the "stimulus" package with a wish list of permanent spending increases for all of the left's favorite special interest groups. How unpopular is this? My wife was at a lunch spot in town a few days ago when a news report about the stimulus bill came on the television — setting off a prolonged and disapproving murmur among the patrons about all of the ridiculous pork-barrel spending in the bill.

The American people are spontaneously rejecting this pseudo-stimulus bill. Polls show support for the bill fading rapidly. One poll indicates that public support has collapsed to 37%, and it is a good bet that those numbers aren't done falling yet.

Interestingly, the poll also indicates that "A stimulus plan that includes only tax cuts is now more popular than the economic recovery plan being considered in Congress." And that is precisely what congressional Republican are advocating. The result has been a surge in Republican confidence in Congress, as South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint pushes the successful Republican line of attack: the Democrats, he says, are "shamefully using the economic troubles we're having as a country as an excuse to pass their wish list of spending."

So the Democratic leaders in the Senate have been forced into a desperate attempt to save the stimulus by removing spending increases for the left's pet programs in favor of more tax cuts and temporary spending on less-controversial infrastructure projects.

And they've been forced to make one other change. Having allowed House Democrats to put "buy American" provisions into the bill, Obama faced sharp criticism from the Europeans — you know, the folks who were supposed to uncritically adore him — who complained that he was starting a disastrous trade war. So Obama had to back down, declaring that "we can't send a protectionist message" and promising to ask congressional Democrats to water down the provisions.

All of these tactical errors are not mere accidents. They are consequences of one big strategic error. Obama tried to make last year's election into a national referendum on the free market — and he interpreted his victory as a broad national repudiation of capitalism in favor of European-style welfare-state socialism. But America is still an individualist country, and we're not ready to surrender ourselves and our prosperity to the care of the state, as managed by a privileged nomenklatura made up of guys like Tim Geithner and Tom Daschle.

Obama was asking for a backlash — and he's getting it.

There is a big lesson here for Republicans. Not only is it possible for Obama to lose; it is possible for them to win. And it is not hard to figure out how they can win. The past two years have been dreadful for the Republicans, but they have still managed to find two political issues that were big successes. There was last year's "drill now" campaign to lift government restrictions on domestic oil exploration. And now there is this year's opposition to the welfare-state stimulus.

The pattern is clear. Republican are successful when they stand up for the free market. By contrast, when did the Republicans suffer their worst defeat? Just after the Bush administration was panicked into a giant government bailout and semi-nationalization of the financial industry — and after John McCain offered a tepid "me too" response to Barack Obama's attacks on "private greed" and pro-free-market economics.

The Republican Party stands for free markets and limited government in its campaign rhetoric and in the minds of the public — so it might as well stand for free markets in its actual policies. And the free market has rarely been in such dire need of defenders.

If they stand up for free markets and beat back the Obama administration's push for state control of the economy, the Republicans may yet save some significant degree of our liberty and prosperity. And in the process, they might save themselves, too.

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