The counsel that should be printed on Republican minds comes from, ironically, none other than Rahm Emanuel, who was splendidly right when he counseled that you never let a crisis go to waste. He didn't mean it the way the Republican/tea party coalition will presumably mean it, but that's OK, because the urgent behaviors he enjoined, not the policies, are what count.
If voters think government is too big and intrusive, the indicated action is make it smaller, reduce its intrusions. At the least -- the rock bottom, bare-naked least -- Congress has to start whittling down the cost and impositions associated with health care. We all have to purchase insurance? Come on -- that's the problem the voters discern: finger-wagging, big nanny government telling ordinary people what to do -- and charging for it, to make matters worse.
Oh, was Ronald Reagan right! Government isn't the solution, it's the problem. Had we remembered that sage counsel with the acuity its originator intended, we might still be in a mess today, but it wouldn't be the same size mess, nor would dismantling it be so vast a challenge.
A great and bracing moment, this, when something like clarity exists as to the botch we've made of furthering freedom and prosperity by failing to rein in big, bad, bossy government. Well, we know now. We also know what we'd better do about it and fast.