The lessons of the Bush years have little to do with the size of government. They have to do with governing. Reliance on dogma produces failure. Effective government comes about from dedicated leadership committed to accomplishing the goals that voters have endorsed over time through the political process. Success almost invariably arises from pragmatism, open debate, bringing together sometimes competing constituencies, recruitment of top-notch talent, and deep awareness of what has failed and succeeded in the past. It's the conservative movement’s repudiation of history, ironically, that is proving to be its undoing.