Reflecting on the next Congress, Fleischer says life for Republicans also won’t be so simple, especially when it comes to spending. If the president wants to get things done, he must recognize that in Washington only he has the power to make the first big move. Fleischer advises the tea party freshmen to slow the galloping horses to a trot. He notes that big government was built over decades; it can’t be dismantled in a year, especially when Democrats control the White House. If Tea-party Republicans push too hard, they may blow their chances to actually reform entitlements and meaningfully roll back the size of government after the 2012 elections.
Fleischer, a former press secretary for President George W. Bush, is president of Ari Fleischer Communications.