Not a Very Republican Thing to Say
Ed Fitzpatrick quotes Brendan Doherty as follows, from the Congressional candidate’s initial fundraiser:
Doherty said his campaign theme will be “America First” (which is going out on a limb given the strength of the “Liechtenstein First” lobby).
In emphasizing that theme, he said, “We need to reassess the billions we are spending on other countries — other countries you’d have to find a map to find out where they are.” As a caveat, he said, “I understand our special relationship with Israel” and “I understand what is going on in the Arab Spring and the tenets of soft power and smart power and diplomacy.” But, he said, “Some of these countries, folks, you may not have ever heard of them, and we are spending billions of dollars there. What about spending that money here in Rhode Island, here in America?”
Or how about not spending the money at all? The federal government spends billions of dollars per day that it does not have. It seems to me that any policy that reduces the government’s expenditures in one area should just, well, reduce the government’s expenditures.
Obviously, I don’t have enough information to know whether Doherty will run on a plank of bringing home the bacon for Rhode Island or he just hasn’t spent enough time tracing individual policies and slogans through to his political philosophy (whatever it is). Either way, I’d be more comfortable with his candidacy if he displayed more-Republican instincts.
It doesn’t help that he apparently cited Froma Harrop approvingly…