Self-Interested GOP Would Run On Ideology If That Worked With Voters

For all the pronouncements about how the GOP is "the party of small government" and even liberals who claim that "there is a legitimate debate about the size and scope of the Federal Goverent", where the rubber hits the road--actual campaigns, actual voters, and actual politicians--it's really obvious that those are not the terms of the American debate. 

If they were, campaign genius Karl Rove would not generate things like this in the WSJ: