Conservatives give more ground

The Hill:

A top Senate Republican suggested Monday night that the party’s prevailing strategies to curtail the new healthcare law might not be good ideas.

Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that repealing the new healthcare reform law — or looking to defund it — were not good options.

“I don’t think starving or repealing is probably the best approach here,” Gregg said on the Fox Business Network. “You basically go in and restructure it.”

More of the same. The left gains five yards; the right vows to win back two. Rinse and repeat.

Remember the “Reagan Revolution?” It’s considered the golden age of conservatism of the past century, but how big a difference did it make? When you look at a graph of government growth, you see a long, steep trend upward. The Reagan years are an inconspicuous, slightly flatter spot on the side of that steep slope, a hiccup that conservatives look back on with fondness and pride, but that made nary a difference in the larger scheme of things.

Will the Tea Party Revolution fare any better? Color me glum.

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