‘The Best We Could Get’ & The End of the Beginning

The above two headlines capture the sentiment of a lot of conservatives following the compromise deal over the raising of the debt ceiling. Here are excerpts with links to the two posts – both on the National Review Corner blog:

 #1 by Andrew Stiles:

According to sources, [John] Boehner said the deal was “the best that we could get.” In particular, he thanked the 87 freshman members for their input, without which “we wouldn’t have gotten this far.” Ross concurred. “I think the freshman class has been very valuable to this process,” he said. “Without them, without us, I don’t believe we’d be where we are today.” Freshman Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) told NRO that with “the most liberal president we’ve ever had” occupying the White House, the Tea Party and the conservative movement have done all right for themselves.

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#2 by Ian Murray:

After Alexander and Montgomery turned back Rommel at the Battle of El Alamein in 1942, Churchill told his audience at the Mansion House, “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” That, I think, is how we should view the debt-ceiling victory — for it is a victory. For the first time in many years we have stopped government’s remorseless advance. We must go on to win many more victories if we are to see government shrunk back to its rightful size, but the first victory is often the hardest to obtain.

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