We’ve been told the Republican Party must recalibrate all its positions following an election in which very little changed. We’ve been lectured on abortion after exit polls showed voters were motivated by the economy. We’ve watched various big-government “conservatives” crawl out from under rocks murmuring the usual incantations against the Tea Party. And we’ve endured a video of Meghan McCain saying she “hates” Karl Rove being praised as some sort of avant garde one-woman stage show.
As a friend of mine exclaimed a few days ago, “We lost one election!” It was a stinging loss at a crucial time, to be sure. But it hardly portends the extinction of conservatism.
That being said, there’s one voice in the cacophony that’s worth a listen. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said this on Meet the Press this past Sunday:
[W]e believe in small government, but we also believe in the individual. There are too many Republicans here in Washington, DC, and they are actually defending big business. They are defending the rich. I didn’t become a Republican to defend the rich. And– and what we need to understand is that big business loves big government, because they get all the goodies from big government. They get more– they get less competition. The more that government grows, the more that big business actually benefits from the tax code and from the regulations.