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A philosopher in Washington

Posted by Richard on June 17, 2008

Thanks to Carl at No Oil for Pacifists (still the best blog name in the universe) for pointing out this great quote from P.J. O'Rourke:

The problem on the left is, now that Karl Marx has forsaken them, they have no philosophy. Thank goodness. Think what evil creeps liberals would be if their plans to enfeeble the individual, exhaust the economy, impede the rule of law, and cripple national defense were guided by a coherent ideology instead of smug ignorance.

The quote is from an excellent article in the June 16 issue of The Weekly Standard, "Mr. Sununu Goes to Washington," which I strongly recommend. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) was an engineer before becoming a politician, and he definitely does have a political philosophy. I like it. I also like O'Rourke's recounting of the Senator's father (former Governor John Sununu, also an engineer) explaining the advantages of a "short control loop." 

On behalf of the sane citizens of Colorado, I've got a deal to propose to the citizens of New Hampshire: We'll trade you two Salazars and a Udall to be named later for one Sununu.

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