Monday, January 15, 2007
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The blog wheel has turned
Between 2002 and 2006, I noticed a meta-narrative that appeared in the blogosphere every so often:
1) Policy X is promulgated;I bring this up because, once the Democrats took power in Congress, I had a hunch that we might see the inverse of this passion play in the blogosphere: Republicans bashing Dems for bad policy, and Dems responding by pointing out that some Republicans embrace the policy as well.
For Exhibit A, see this Mark Thoma post about protectionist Republicans. His basic point:
There has been attempt after attempt to portray the trade issue as an area where Democrats are deeply divided, and there has been much written about how Democrats will stifle trade and hurt the economy now that they are in power.Read the whole thing. Thoma is correct about protectionist Republicans (though I think they're more significant on immigraton than trade). That said, he overlooks the fact that if the Democrats hold majorities in both houses of Congress, then it is appropriate that they shoulder the majority of criticism for their protectionist wing.
posted by Dan on 01.15.07 at 02:15 PM
The key to the meta-narrative is #4, "getting political approval of the policy," that is, actually getting it enacted (or issuing the the executive order, or otherwise making it operative). Remind me which policies the Democratic Congress has enacted to date?posted by: alkali on 01.15.07 at 02:15 PM [permalink]
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