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Are conservatives mad at themselves?

"There's something about conservatives' ferocious 'No' that precisely fits the temper of the times," Thomas Frank wrote in the Wall Street Journal. "For all the past year's Democratic victories, the GOP still owns outrage, still has an enormous capacity to summon up offense, to elevate every perceived slight into an unprecedented imposition upon both the hardworking citizen and freedom itself. What really dazzles the observer, though, is conservatives' fury over things for which they are themselves responsible." For example, Frank cited how Newt Gingrich is railing about the influence of lobbyists yet helped oversee the GOP's "K Street Strategy" that empowered lobbyists. Frank also noted how Dick Cheney praised tea parties that protested, among other things, the financial bailout program that his administration created.

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