Even after lo these many years of jaw-dropping, black-is-white-and-mission-is-accomplished pronouncements from tone-deaf Republicans, it's hard not to gasp a bit at assertions that their party's blind obstructionism in the face of pretty much any economic stimulus plan constitutes a moral and political triumph, or what Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin calls "standing on our core principles." Ryan sees his party's return to "fiscal conservatism and economic liberty" as the resurrection of "the tallest pole in our tent."
"We're so far ahead of where we thought we'd be at this time... It's not a sign that we're back to where
we need to be, but it's a sign that we're beginning to find our voice."
And that voice is telling us, what, precisely? Oh, right: thank God they lost.
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