The idea of reversing federal growth is fine to keep on the wish list,
but those who advocate it seriously are seen as rubes—either new
arrivals in Washington who just fell off a turnip truck or
unsophisticated congressmen from 'flyover country.' To be a true
Beltway Republican is to have accepted the assumption that the scope
of government cannot be radically altered. And they think it is
politically foolish to try.