I spent some time yesterday with a high-ranking Republican elected official. He noted that more than ever, the Democrats are the party of special interests. On issue after issue, they take perverse policy positions that are dictated by the fact that they are in the pocket of various special interests:
* They want to destroy the secret ballot in union elections, the cornerstone of labor democracy. Why? Because they are owned by the unions.
* They allowed our ability to spy on terrorists to lapse for a period of time, thereby threatening our national security. Why? Because they are owned by the plaintiffs’ lawyers who were determined to sue telecoms.
* They try to block energy production, even though they know that the effects on our economy will be disastrous. Why? Because they are owned by the Sierra Club and other “environmentalist” groups.
What is surprising to me is not that the Democrats can be bought, but that they continue to be treated as the home team of American politics by essentially every reporter and editor in the news business.
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