Paul Gottfried looks at the GOP contenders in 2012, and the movement infrastructure that supports them:
Unlike the Tea Party idealists, who were screaming “a plague on both their houses,” Republican foundations, journalists, and fundraisers immensely like what they already have. What they have is a party that manages big government, cuts deals for friendly corporate interests, and waves a big stick militarily... It is the party of the military and like the neoconservatives, Republicans in power talk incessantly about spreading human rights and universalizing the American model of government...
The problem with such running at the mouth is that it keeps our elected officials from doing more sensible things, such as minding the Constitution and limiting administrative overreach. There is in fact a contradiction between the Bushite priorities of Pawlenty, Rove, Romney, and other Republicans and their publicized promise to address the size and reach of government. I doubt they can do both.
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