Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Back to Basics

After providing a quick overview of the meteoric rise of newly elected Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, Doug Patton argues that the election holds some important lessons for conservatives:

When Republicans controlled the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, they lost the confidence of the American people. Voters repudiated the party last year because Republicans had stopped acting like Republicans. The GOP grew government at a rate dizzying enough to have thoroughly impressed FDR....

But the Democrat victory prophesied by every inside-the-beltway pundit writing or broadcasting is not a foregone conclusion. Bobby Jindal has proven that voters will give a conservative a chance to govern if they believe he or she will follow through on the promises that are made to them.

One may hope that some conservatives will rediscover the notion of fiscal and governmental restraint, both in word and in deed.

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