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Djou Baiting

The DCCC is pounding Charles Djou, the Republican candidate in a special House election in Hawaii, because he allegedly “still supports tax breaks for big corporations who would export our future.” The DCCC’s evidence for this claim, according to the ad, is that Djou signed Americans for Tax Reform’s pledge to oppose tax increases. That doesn’t commit him to defending every tax break. He could, consistent with his pledge, support legislation to abolish whatever corporate tax breaks are at issue, so long as that legislation also cut taxes by an equivalent amount. Djou could even sponsor the legislation.

The Democrats have, in short, invented a phony issue.

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

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