How much should you read into Chris Shays’ nod at American history in yesterday’s debate?
It might have been the most interesting answer anybody gave, depending on how much he meant by it.
Johnson was around for the original Tea Party, and — although he was a authentic participant in the birth of the nation — he was pretty much the opposite of a dyed-in-the-wool Son of Liberty. He kept looking for compromise and rapprochement, even at the risk of arrest. So in an era of real tea parties, he was emphatically not a teabagger. WSJ is the perfect symbol of the kind of moderate Republicanism that characterized both the party in Connecticut and Shays’ early career.