Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

No Margin for Error

(Roman Genn)
As the health-care battle continues, the GOP must learn from its mistakes

Whom should we blame for the enactment of Obamacare? Philip Klein, writing at The American Spectator’s site, nominates President Bush, for leaving Republicans in such poor shape. Noemie Emery reminds us in the Washington Examiner that Democrats would not have had such large majorities if not for the Jack Abramoff and Mark Foley scandals.

The Democrats’ victory was such a close-run thing that we can make an endless list of culprits if we are determined to go beyond the people who actually voted for the legislation. The Financial Accounting Standards Board’s regulations made the financial crisis much worse and thus took …

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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