I agree with the basic premise here, that the conservatives of today have, far more than their predecessors, made common cause with the Moral Socialists. But is this really the reason why polling shows that the public trusts Democrats more on "federal spending and the deficit?"
In a Newsweek poll just before the election, 47 percent of respondents said they trusted the Democrats more on "federal spending and the deficit," compared to just 31 percent who trusted the Republicans. That's not Ronald Reagan's Republican Party"As you can see for yourself, Andrew Sullivan links to a guy who declares today's GOP not to be "Ronald Reagan's Republican Party." Are you quite sure? Ronald Reagan's great domestic legacy, and really the only material thing that Republicans have contributed to the political sphere over the last century, is deficit spending. Are we supposed to be surprised that the Bush Administration has continued this dubious Republican tradition?