WAIT AND SEE

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“Cu­ri­ous sto­ry­line in the na­tional press: that the resur­gence of pop­ulist sen­ti­ment is di­rected at Barack Obama’s gov­ern­ment and could com­pli­cate his po­lit­i­cal agenda,” the At­lantic mag­a­zine’s Marc Am­binder wrote March 17 in a blog at the­at­lantic.com.

“I don’t think the ev­i­dence gets us there just yet. For one thing, my col­league Mark Blu­men­thal re­minds us that dis­plea­sure with the banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions is al­ready fairly well de­ter­mined, the pub­lic is al­ready dis­sat­is­fied with how gov­ern­ment is over­see­ing the bailout, and that the pub­lic chan­nels that anger into in­creased sup­port for tougher fi­nan­cial reg­u­la­tion and more over­sight of the in­dus­try — which just hap­pens to be a big part of Obama’s agenda,” Mr. Am­binder said. most vul­ner­a­ble South Carolini­ans in or­der to curry fa­vor with a na­tional Repub­li­can au­di­ence,” Mr. Salam said.

“To oth­ers, he has struck a mighty and prin­ci­pled blow against big gov­ern­ment. What­ever else San­ford has done, he has given con­ser­va­tives a rare op­por­tu­nity to re­turn to their roots and to shake off the con­tra­dic­tions and com­pro­mises that have built up over the past 30 years.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Whether South Carolini­ans ben­e­fit or not, Gov. Mark San­ford’s re­fusal to spend more has caught the at­ten­tion of lead­ing conser va­tives.

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