Debra J. Saunders

Sacto taskmeister Eric Hogue is not a heads-on-a-stick conservative: "Some people believe that control is more important than success." The purists, with their vendettas, are chasing pragmatists from the party.

Radio-show host and self-described cowboy libertarian Patrick Dorinson is no longer a registered Republican. He notes with disgust, "Only a buzzard feeds on its friends."

Me? I'm getting to the point where I don't even care if the GOP 5 can squeeze out concessions from the Democratic leadership. They should cut a deal anyway.

Because if Brown and the Democratic leadership fail to deliver needed reforms, the ballot measure and its tax increase will tank. If the measure fails, it will be on the Democrats -- because they will have failed to convince voters that they can be trusted to spend tax dollars wisely.

Debra J. Saunders

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