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Friday, August 03, 2007
  Sometimes Politics Is What You Need to Play

K-Lo and her Senate "friends" are shocked at Harry Reid's statement that the Minnesota bridge collapse should be a "wake-up call" as to the need to reinvest in our crumbling infrastructure -- investment the anti-government Republicans have manifestly, and now disastrously, failed to accomplish.

Underinvestment -- a consequence, in part, of conservative government -- is a serious problem and will lead to more, similar disasters if not corrected. The political crisis contributes to the disaster. So why is it not appropriate to use the spotlight on that disaster in an attempt to solve the political crisis?

It's entirely appropriate, of course -- but it's politically inconvenient for Republicans.

Meanwhile, Ross Douthat suggests that Republican candidates like Romney and Rudy can issue their own calls for infrastructure investment. Given the two candidates' eagerness to sell themselves to the anti-government ideologues of the right, though, the message might come out sounding a little ironic.

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