To be sure, Mitt Romney's unpopularity might refute this theory, but even so, Bartlett is talking about something important here.
Finally, Bartlett addresses the real elephant in the room: much of the conservative opposition to a VAT is ideologically based.
Bartlett gives the VAT a fair examination, acknowledging its problems as well.
The Tea Partiers should open Bartlett's and locate their economic rhetoric within mainstream conservative thought.
Now, as to Mr. Bartlett's support for the Lincoln option: this is an absolutely, positively, wildly irresponsible idea.
These boars, as I may add on the authority of Mr. Bartlett, when fighting together, stand directly face to face.
"Yes, and catch their deaths of fever and ague," said Mrs. Bartlett.
When they were out of earshot Miss Bartlett stopped her wails and said quite briskly: "Have you told him about him yet?"
Bartlett's read that book fourteen times, and it's all he knows.
It was after the game was over, and Mr. Bartlett had won the whole thing.