Most of them had no idea what they were voting for. They're as surprised as anybody at what's happened. And it's not only because so many of them are idiots. They believed what they were told and, more important, they wanted to believe it. And, I suspect, they had a magical and almost touching belief in the ability of the U.S. government to do anything. It's done anything in the past, why wouldn't it now? (Because in the past it wasn't asked to construct huge, sprawling, incoherent Rube Goldberg machines? And because government hasn't always executed brilliantly, but often just well enough not to make everybody cry?)
One thing about the progressives of Congress: They really drank the Kool-Aid. They really did think government could do anything. They were sincere! They really thought there were no limits.
I wonder if this will sober them up.
A pretty good Noonan post. Is she related to Judge Noonan?