The same essay notes that a populist movement opposed to the policies of a sitting president is a risk to that presidency. That the risk does not necessarily imply a higher return to Republicans is not a bad thing.
At least since the days of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have thrived on the anti-spend, anti-tax message-despite the fact GOP presidents have presided over major expansions of the deficit.
Today, however, the economic climate is far different, as evidenced by the election, in which voters picked a do-more, spend-more presidential candidate over a do-less, cut-taxes candidate.
The one element in the conservatives' message that pollsters say could resonate down the road is government spending. While most voters seem to support the idea of a surge in outlays now, there is concern about deficits stretching into the future.
On the right, Republicans Should Not Be Rejoicing Quite Yet.
So what do these people want? While labeled a “tax protest” by many media outlets, the most common items mentioned by those attending and speaking were bailouts, runaway spending, the growing deficit, “generation theft” (i.e., passing on an unsustainable debt to their children and grandchildren), and a loss of personal accountability.All I can do is remind readers that framing all of public policy as Democrats and Republicans and decisions taken in the capital is a fallacy of insufficient alternatives.