Every one is a RINO except me and thee, and I have my doubts about thee. — Tactics versus strategy, that is what you have going on here. I always get refreshed when folks are so quick to throw out the baby with the bath water.
TACTIC: FOOL THE TEA PARTY!
STRATEGY: BE A RINO AND WORK WITH LIBERALS!
IS THAT THE STRATEGY?
How long have you been watching politics? That was what Reagan said. Guess what, nobody, no not ANYONE cuts spending. Unless they are willing to balance the budget within 1 year from today, they are lying. There is no other way, but to cut the budget to the flippin' bone while you have a chance.
I heard for years about how "once we hold the levers of power in the House, Senate and the Executive, we will be able to return the fiscal house to order". Guess what happened, it never happened. GW Bush and the tax and spend Republicans came to town. Oh they cut taxes on the face of it, but added in the hidden tax of deficits which are an absolute tax on each and every citizens wallet. I just flat out don't believe any of them if they told me the sky was up. How are the Republicans going to face the Democrats down in 2012? Which would people rather vote for? The guys in charge of the biggest deficits in history.....the CONGRESS....who do you think will put that on TV 24/7? Or as guys going down swinging for the little guy as big govt rolls them over? I think that they think that they can win a bigger majority, work really slowly for some change, and bring in a better day in 20 years or so. EXCUSE ME, we don't have 6 years until the debt bomb explodes.
I also remember in or around 2000, a prominent radio personality say "if we get controls of both House and Senate, and win the Presidency, and still nothing is done about making govt substantially smaller, I will support a new party". Guess what, that time has come and gone....RUSH LIMBAUGH, which party are you going to champion?
Sorry if I went off on you, but this baby out with the bath water is one of the oldest BS lines in the business. It is used to keep frightened people from making substantial changes. It is past time for people on the side of small limited govt to fight. It is time to unite behind radical change. A change back to the time of limited govt, within the confines of the Constitution, defined by the 10th amendment, or die trying.