It was one of the earliest defining moments of this presidential campaign. It left the White House accusing the early field of Republicans of being out of touch and, typical of Democrats' now-tired rhetoric, beholden to "millionaires and billionaires" and the Tea Party. And it left the New York Times Editorial Board apoplectic -- the first clue that the GOP candidates were on to something good.
The event was the Republican debate in Ames, Iowa, on August 11, 2011, when Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the eight candidates which of them would "walk away from a ten-to-one (ratio of spending cuts to tax increases) deal." All eight hands went up.
It was the fiscal policy equivalent of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No!" campaign against drug use, except that it is arguably an even more important goal, particularly for politicians.
As Democrats play Thelma and Louise politics with the coming "fiscal cliff," hoping that Republicans will be so afraid of being blamed for not agreeing to a "balanced" solution, the GOP should call their bluff.
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