The so-called “voice of the tea-party” FreedomWorks recently endorsed Mark “hiking the Appalachian Trail is code for visiting my Argentinian mistress” Sanford’s House campaign. Rand Paul is also a supporter.
FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe:
“Mark Sanford will be a consistent vote to get spending under control, pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, repeal and replace ObamaCare, and make the tax code fairer and simpler for all Americans.
I wrote about Sanford not long ago, quoting him from Reason’s Annual Privatization report:
Friedman, not freedom, sells: So much of why we should limit government is tied to freedom, but sadly we have found greater leverage in talking about how Thomas Friedman’s new-found and so-called Flat World necessitates limits to government. The point we have made continually over the past three-plus years is that for our state to survive and thrive in this new competition of 6.5 billion people across planet earth, we must make changes to our government cost structure.
Business principles trump ideology in advancing limited government: As an example, many of the successes that were built into the $100 million in last year’s budget savings in South Carolina were sold by talking about business principles. We argued that in the world of business, when your business model changes, you change with it.
This is progress for conservatives. It wasn’t that long ago that they assailed former President Clinton about his extramarital activities, even as he presided over economic growth and welfare reform. Then they got Bush, who blew federal spending out of control, crippling the economy, while enjoying what seems to be a great marriage.
Marriage rates are down for a host of reasons, and young people are pretty much over the idea when the economic stakes are this high, our political leaders’ marriages should be a deciding factor.
I’m glad FreedomWorks gets this. I’m looking forward to every tea partier getting it too.