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Sykes: Why the Budget Deal Works For Conservatives

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The "base," which rallied to the siren call of ideological purity and government shutdown last Fall now seems chastened, focused, and more pragmatic. Conservatives may grumble about the Ryan-Murray deal, but in the end, they recognize that while it flunks objective tests of conservative finance, it is relatively better than almost any conceivable alternative.
 
"As a conservative, I deal with the situation as it exists," Ryan said. "I deal with the way things are, not necessarily the way things I want them to be." Edmund Burke would be proud.
 
On cue, of course, the usual suspects on the right demanded a no vote. The twitter-verse was alight with allegations of cave-ins, sell-outs, and RINOs. But this time the chorus had a muted feel to it, a been-there-done-that tone that contrasts with the starry-eyed enthusiasm of the heady days before the last shutdown. Ted Cruz would lead us out of the wilderness! No he didn’t.
 

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