Raging Right Wing Republican

For those of us who are politically informed, and therefore Republican.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

That's the end of that

We got wrecked.

Oh well. All that we can do is prepare for the next election. What we can't do is fall into the trap that liberals fall in when they lose elections: blame "the people" for being dumb oafs who have to be led around by the nose. That's why despite losing election after election it never occurs to them that perhaps it isn't the idiocy of the people that makes them lose but what they're doing.

The Republicans have a chance to clean up their act and come back in 2008. The Democrats are going to have a chance to show America the effectiveness of their policies, and after that trainwreck is over, we'll be ready to go at it again.

And it wasn't conservatives who lost. It was Republicans. It was Republicans who decided that holding power was more important than anything else, like representing the principles that got them there in the first place. The only conservatives in the election were on the Democrat side.

Furthermore, liberals didn't win. Nobody is going to interpret these Democratic votes as votes for socialized medicine and retreat from the war in Iraq. If that was the case then Ned Lamont, Joe Lieberman's far Left challenger, would have soared to victory instead of crashed to defeat.

Historically, this election was no surprise. Traditionally, the midterms wreak havoc on the party in power, as has been the case since the end of WW2. What has been surprising is that Bush's team has avoided it for so long, giving Karl Rove an impressive track record despite this loss.

The election turned on weariness in the war, historical trends, and corruption, but most of all, it could have all been avoided if the Republican Party simply governed as the conservatives they campaigned as.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, some Republicans have adopted the "blame the voter" mentality (as in an editorial today in my local paper in which the voters became "illiterate idiots" for not voting Republican), but I would not venture to speculate how widespread it is since it is too easy to point out one idiotic politician(and believe me, there are too many of those) and extrapolate their comments to represent an entire group.

That being said, I wonder why Hugh Hewitt is standing outside my window giving me the finger.

Thu Nov 09, 02:17:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bush managed to keep support for the war going for years by assuming - often, alas, correctly - that Americans have the attention span of gnats, and could not remember, in sequence:
1. We will be welcomed as liberators.
2. Mission accomplished!
3. The insurgency is in its death throes.
4. We have turned the corner in Iraq.
It took us a while to realize this disastrous "war of choice" was overpromoted and underprepared.
But finally we caught on, so maybe we are not total idiots.

Sat Nov 11, 04:10:00 PM EST  

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