The column, which sets up a ridiculous distinction between the “grifting” and “governing” wings of the Republican Party, is a rhetorical rant packed with ad hominem attacks and Ronald Reagan name-drops, but lacking in any mention of the Constitution or a solid policy agenda. Imagery without ideas. It’s an out-of-touch lobbyist charlatan’s idea of what a libertarian populist is supposed to sound like. And as a result, it reads about as authentic as Mitt Romney trying to sing “Who Let the Dogs Out.”
LaTourette’s latest song and dance is a textbook lesson in the efforts of the emerging “GOP strategist” class, a revolving door of lobbyists advancing the interests of corporate clients under the guise of acting in the best interests of the Republican Party.