On Twitter yesterday, some enthusiastic No Label types, like Ron Fournier, were calling the No Labels movement a revolution. Fournier said it's about holding politicians and parties accountable, and he downplayed the Centrist aspect that characterized the No Labels creators a couple of years ago.
Scarborough, Sam McKinnon and Jon Huntsman also downplayed the Centrist aspect this morning on Morning Joe -- Scarborough said that they are the real conservatives, that they want to cut spending and such. Joe Manchin represented the Democratic side. They talked about getting politicans and political actors together to problem solve. Huntsman talked about problem solving a lot on Morning Joe this morning. Huntsman was ignored when he ran for President. Huntsman obviously believes the American people made a mistake, that they really want Republicans and Democrats to compromise and solve problems from a centralized location.
I don't want to dismiss No Labels out of hand, but I think they're missing the point. If many of them really are the true limited government conservatives, then they'll have the same problem that the Tea Party limited government conservatives have when dealing with Democrats. Democrats are into Big Government solutions. Honestly, when Huntsman and Manchin and the rest talk about problem solving, they seem to be talking about the same Big Government approach to problem solving only with a bipartisan approach. How will this work? Why not say that the movement is about how to get government out of the way, if they are the true limited government conservatives and not just run-of-mill Centrists who compromise on statist solutions?
I don't think we need better government problem solving regarding the economy -- we need free market solutions which arise when central planning/problem solving is prevented and the free economic choices of market players are allowed to take place without interventions from DC. Why doesn't No Labels say strict limits have to be placed on government power? Why doesn't No Labels question the Federal Reserve? From what I can tell, No Labels is a movement to save the Two Party status quo that has maintained State power for decades in the US. Scarborough and the others talked about how the Republican Party is destroying itself by going to the Right. They didn't really say anything about Obama, Reid and Pelosi going to the Left. The No Labels players talk about the Right as if it's made up of extremists like you would see in a movie who are armed to the teeth and threatening to overthrow the "guvmint". There have been a handful of GOP representatives who've made stupid statements because now politicians think they have to pontificate on everything under the sun whether they know anything about the subject or not. Democrat representatives have said similarly stupid things, but they are played up in the media. No Labels spokespeople have built a strawman on the Right and they've denigrated the Right to represent extremism.
The No Labels representatives on Morning Joe did not make a distinction between Rand Paul, Mike Lee and these types of new Republicans who are really the ones threatening the Democratic Party and the moderates in the Republican Party. Until I hear the No Labels crowd cheer on Rand Paul and his limited government ideas, and not leave it all hanging as if they're associating Paul and Lee and this faction of limited government conservatives with "rightwing extremists" then I'll be appropriately sceptical.