I heartily agree with Bruce Bartlett's scathing description of Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal for a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution: it's phony, simplistic, ill-informed and cynical.
But my wife stopped me cold this morning with this question: "Ed, what if you were a Republican politician right now, running against a Democrat? What else would you come up with?"
My short answer: I got nothing.
Obviously, there are plausible conservative ideas about how to reduce the budget deficit, deal with entitlements, reform health care or regulate financial services.