Declaring Victory

For any fence-sitting Tea Party congressmen out there: I think if Thomas Sowell is urging you to take the sell-out Boehner deal, it's time to sell-out

Is the Boehner legislation the best legislation possible? Of course not! You don’t get your heart’s desire when you control only one house of Congress and face a presidential veto.

The most basic fact of life is that we can make our choices only among the alternatives actually available. It is not idealism to ignore the limits of one’spower. Nor is it selling out one’s principles to recognize those limits at a given time and place, and get the best deal possible under those conditions.

That still leaves the option of working toward getting a better deal later, when the odds are more in your favor.

There would not be a United States of America today if George Washington’s army had not retreated and retreated and retreated, in the face of an overwhelmingly more powerful British military force bent on annihilating Washington’s troops.

Later, when the conditions were right for attack, General Washington attacked. But he would have had nothing to attack with if he had wasted his troops in battles that would have wiped them out.

Similar principles apply in politics. As Edmund Burke said, more than two centuries ago: “Preserving my principles unshaken, I reserve my activity for rational endeavors.”

This vote really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. It's what comes after that matters. If Boehner and other members of the "leadership" - both in Congress and in the GOP Establishment - are unwilling to keep pursuing cuts with the same fervor that the left pursued health care deform, then it really is time for new leadership.

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