I'd Be Happy to Vote Republican, But ...

Henry Blodget: We need fiscal conservatives, not 'religious aggressives'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 1:52 PM CDT
The National Debt Clock is shown in 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Henry Blodget would dearly love to vote for a genuine fiscal conservative because he says the country needs one to fix the deficit. He doesn't care whether it's a Democrat or a Republican, but generally speaking, that label applies to Republicans these days. Which would be fine, except that the "radicalization" of today's GOP means that "voting for a Republican fiscal conservative would also mean supporting Republican Religious Aggressives" who want to tell Americans what to do on a host of issues including gay marriage and abortion, Blodget writes at Business Insider.

"And there's just no way I'm going to support that." Republicans are supposed to be the party of individual freedom and small government, but they're more than happy to increase the scope of government to enforce their views by law. So, yes, Blodget wants to vote for a fiscal conservative. "But unless the Republican party returns to what it used to be, or a Democrat who is also a true fiscal conservative comes along, I fear that I am not going to be able to vote for one." Read his full column here.

My Take on This Story