Federal Spending is VERY Popular. Episode 7: Didn't George Allen Used To Say He Was A Conservative?
Question: Is it really possible to look at this story by Jonathan Weisman from yesterday's The New York Times without shrieking?
Former Virginia Governor and Senator George Allen, the Republican who's running for his old Senate seat this year against Democrat Tim Kaine, another former governor, used to campaign as someone who would make the hard choices and cut spending, that is, as a fiscal conservative.
But as Weisman's story definitively shows, Allen this year is campaigning against the $55 billion in military spending reductions that will occur if the sequester occurs as scheduled on January 2, 2013.
I understand: Allen is running for office in Virginia where federal spending is very important to the economy. But the former proudly self-professed fiscal conservative is now trying to run to the left of the Democrat by insisting that he would not have made the hard choices after all and that not a penny of the sequester spending reductions for the Pentagon should go into effect.
Allen is quoted as saying that domestic spending reductions should be substituted for the Pentagon sequester changes. Anyone want to bet that he doesn't say that when talking to the government contractors in northern Virginia that work with the domestic departments and agencies?