Dave Weigel and I recorded an election edition of BlogggingHeads TV yesterday. In this clip below I make the point that the tea party agenda, whether it works or not as an electoral strategy, can’t possibly work as a governing agenda:
I think this is a really critical point. There’s sort of a convention that electoral politics should be covered like a basketball game, as just an effort to win. But the point of elections is to set yourself up for governing. Given the objective conditions in the country, it seems unlikely to me that even Barack Obama’s “no taxes for anyone earning under $250,000” pledge can be made workable, and it’s definitely not possible to govern on the basis of a tea party tax cut agenda.