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Cardenas: GOP Was ‘Selling Broccoli,’ Democrats Were ‘Giving Away Cheesecake’

Today on CNN, president of the American Conservative Union Al Cardenas offered an explanation for conservatives’ defeat in November: They weren’t giving away free stuff. He said, “plenty of people have asked me what happened after the 2012 election. . . . Well, look, we were selling broccoli to 70 percent of the American electorate, and they were giving away cheesecake to 100 percent of the electorate.”

He asserted that “these entitlement programs require serious thought and require some sacrifice.” But eventually, that serious but unpleasant argument, Cardenas suggested, would be aided by the fact that Democratic “promises” are unsustainable, and “mathematical reality” will eventually set in.

Patrick BrennanPatrick Brennan is a writer and policy analyst based in Washington, D.C. He was Director of Digital Content for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, writing op-eds, policy content, and leading the ...


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