“I just think it’s time to go back to square one and say, ‘OK, what is the problem here?’ ” said Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day. “Why isn’t accountability and fiscal conservatism and a smaller government not resonating as it did in the past?”

Well, I think I can answer that one for ya, Ted: it probably has something to do with the fact that when Republicans were elected to office on this very platform, most of them turned into little Democrats. Two words, Ted: deficit spending. Two more: larger government. One more: hypocrisy. Republicans hate that stuff.

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