Published April 29, 2021
This strategy can work in times of calm and plenty. But when things get rough, people want action. And that always means that when Democrats eventually take power, they have the upper hand in arguing for action on steroids. That impulse brought us the Great Society’s massive expansion in government during the 1960s and Obamacare. Having forfeited the ability to control the tide, Republicans — or at least GOP policy preferences — are always swept away by it.
Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.