Perhaps one of the most shocking outcomes of the recent debt deal is how split the Conservative punditry is over the outcome. Rush, Levin, Hannity, Erickson and others are convinced the Conservatives got played and this is a huge setback. Others, like Charles Krauthammer see the deal as a huge victory for the Tea Party even comparing it to Henry V at Agincourt (Google it).
My take? I think now that the debt deal is done, we need to take a deep breath and rearm for battle. In my mind, a more apt historical metaphor would the Battle of Gettysburg. It’s a victory that feels like a defeat because it was so bloody, and it’s a victory in a much larger war. Again, it doesn’t feel like victory because we lost so much, but what little we did gain can be built upon and ultimately lead to winning the war, just as Gettysburg did for the Union.
Look, if not for the Tea Party members of Congress, this would have been a non-issue. Obama would get everything he wanted, the forces of statism would have marched on the capitol without a hint of opposition and the cradle to grave welfare state would be assured. In the end, we still have a higher debt ceiling, lots of spending and tax hikes looming (depending on who you talk to), but there were rebel forces there to meet the marching hordes. We bloodied them. Indeed, we could have done more with better Generals, but we did bloody them. Now is not the time to go wobbly and say it’s hopeless. Now is the time to send reinforcements. Now is the time to send Mike Lee, Jim DeMint, Ron Johnson and Rand Paul some backup. Now is the time to get Marco Rubio in front of every camera in the District of Columbia. Now is the time to get a Rick Perry or Sarah Palin in the White House and keep pushing the hordes back further and further until they’re forced to regroup, reinvent their message and start over.
It not too late, it can still be done. We’ve got one more chance to turn this thing around: 2012. 2010 was the prologue, 2012 will be the year we finally answer Ronald Reagan’s question of whether we will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. Over the top? Maybe, but by the time you answer that question, it’ll be too late.
UPDATE: Great minds think alike. Ed Morrissey’s take on the deal/battle.