The Commuter Vote

In response to Huckabee's call, in tonight's debate, for investing in highway infrastructure (in Florida, of course, among other places), David Freddoso titles a post, "Huckabee Wants To Be FDR," and then writes:

He wants two extra lanes on I-95 from Bangor to Miami.

Although I can completely identify with being stuck in traffic in Florida.

Of course he can - because America's transportation infrastructure simply hasn't kept pace with our population growth, our average commuting time has tripled in the last twenty-five years, and our country needs those extra lanes of traffic. Families need them. Businesses need them. Suburban and exurban voters - the swing vote in elections these days - need them. I understand all the "bridge to nowhere"/Big Dig fears on the porkbusting right, but his is an issue that a sensible pro-business, pro-family Republican Party ought to own - particularly since transportation earmarks, which blossom in the absence of a concerted strategy for improving national infrastructure, are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Update: Good for Jonah.

Updated Update: And again.

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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