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Toad Swallowers

Looks like a handful of Virginia Republicans who have been holding the line on the tax hike supported by the Democratic governor and state senators (of both parties) are about to give up. At least there’s a silver lining attached to this dark cloud: We now have an excellent new term for Republicans who decide tax increases aren’t such a bad thing. Let’s start calling them “Toad Swallowers,” in honor of state Delegate Bobby Orrock, who has made the following announcement: “I’m willing to swallow the toad and take my lumps.” What he means, of course, is that he’s going to vote for more taxes. It’s our job to give him lumps. Lots of them. Del. Orrock: You are a profile in cowardice, you stinking toad swallower.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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