The Corner

Re: A Hunted Man

Leaving aside for now the question of whether Republicans should take their bearing from Rand Paul, let me caution against relying too much, or at all, on the Hill poll Kevin cites. That poll supposedly demonstrates that Republican fiscal policies are popular but Republicans themselves are not. But the poll doesn’t test Republican policies so much as the descriptions of the Republican budget that Republicans would give. Test the question a different way–ask about Medicaid cuts, for example–and you’d get a much less favorable result. And in actual politics, voters don’t hear only (or primarily) the Republican spin on their own policies. Republicans need better spokesmen, for sure, but they don’t need happy talk about the political strength of their policy agenda.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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