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Parties don't exist for the purpose of taking stands, parties exist to win elections.
The Republicans once claimed they were the party of fiscal responsibility.
But once you get in power, who cares about fiscal responsibility? It's not like your spending your own money.

Reagan established that all you have to do is have the rhetoric of fiscal conservatism. Beyond that, Bush's base isn'tagainst government spending, just government spending on the poor.

You are right to be cynical about parties. But democratic pro war posturing isn't going to win them a vote. Taking a stand on this war might sweep them back in.


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