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2008 Election &2010 Election &Conservatives Richard Falknor on 10 Nov 2008 08:19 am

Election Post-Mortems — Best Served Cold

UPDATE! Patrick Ruffini “Change Won’t Come from the Top Down” in TheNextRight
“Today on the right we have social conservative groups, economic groups — subdivided into tax cutters and spending hawks, national security groups, gun groups, etc. but no truly mass-based conservative movement. Perhaps the best exponent of across-the-board conservatism is Rush, but he has no lists and no way to mobilize his audience directly to donate and volunteer. When conservatism was a minority we may have needed single issue groups to pick off, say, pro-gun union members. But since Reagan, an entire generation has grown up thinking of themselves as nothing but conservatives. And they have no representation among the 1980s-era groups. Whatever happened at that country estate will be irrelevant to the future of the movement.”  Read it all here.

Election Post-Mortems — Best Served Cold 

Conservatives in Maryland and Virginia have had nearly a week to reflect on last Tuesday’s not-entirely-unexpected results. 

Here are a few insights, all selected from National Review on Line, that you might find interesting and useful.

HONOR AND SERVICE

“On Palin Trashing: McCain Ipsa Loquitur — or not   [Andy McCarthy]

The Romney people did it? 

Sen. McCain did not allow a nanosecond to go buy without issuing a sanctimonius, full-throated condemnation of any Republican who dared use Sen. Obama’s middle name, mention Jeremiah Wright, or otherwise trash The One.

So where is the vigorous defense of his running-mate? 

I’m sorry Obama won, but I’m not weeping that we won’t have these fabulously honorable guys running the place — and running down their own — for the next four years. 

Too dumb to be Veep…   [Mark Steyn]

…but perfectly qualified to work at a big-time news weekly. As John McCormack points out, just about everything in this Newsweek sentence is wrong:

The day of the third debate, Palin refused to go onstage with New Hampshire GOP Sen. John Sununu and Jeb Bradley, a New Hampshire congressman running for the Senate, because they were pro-choice and because Bradley opposed drilling in Alaska.

:John Sununu has a 100% pro-life record. Jeb Bradley was not running for the Senate; he was Congressman for the NH First District until 2006 and was seeking to get his old seat back. And a dummy who doesn’t even know Africa’s a continent supposedly is fully up to speed on a Congressional candidate’s views on abortion?

By the way, if the issue here is the lack of party solidarity demonstrated by Governor Palin, a couple of points:

1) When I saw her in Laconia, NH, she was on stage with Sununu and Bradley and behaved perfectly well with them.

2) Joe Kenney, the Republican gubernatorial candidate for New Hampshire and a current state senator*, told me the McCain team refused to allow him to appear on stage at the rally. The official explanation was that he hadn’t had a Secret Service background check, and it would not be possible to arrange one in time. Needless to say, this was not persuasive.

From this last few days, the McCain campaign seems determined to go down in history as a blend of personal viciousness and strategic ineptitude. Not an attractive combination.

(*and a USMC Active Reserves officer who’s done two tours in Iraq. Didn’t have problems getting clearance for killing his country’s enemies, but the McCain camp evidently has tougher entry qualifications.)

The ban in California was particularly intriguing. Proposition 8 would have failed in the Golden State if it were up to white voters, who opposed it by a 51-49 ratio. What carried it over the top was enormous support from black voters, with about 70 percent of them backing it. Hispanics also supported the ban by significant, though smaller, margins. In Florida, where a similar ban required a 60 percent margin, Amendment 2 just barely passed, getting 60 percent of the white vote. The cushion came from blacks, who voted 71 percent in favor, and Latinos, who voted 64 percent in favor.”
Here is the post (from Jonah Goldberg’s
Progressivism’s Achilles Heel”)

The Republican Party is different. It says to voters, if you believe seven, eight or even ten out of the ten things we believe, you should be a Republican. Obviously, there are coalitions on the Right and ideologues on the Left, but I think the generalization remains valid.”
Here is the post (from Jonah Goldberg’sProgressivism’s Achilles Heel”)

“Is the GOP Really Turning Into a Regional Party?

If the GOP party is dead in the Northeast, why do Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have Republican governors?

The ‘they’re all squishes’ argument doesn’t quite fly, as Rhode Island’s Don Carcieri is pro-life and tough on illegal immigration. Vermont’s Jim Douglas is a tax cutter, supports nuclear power, supports ‘traditional marriage,’ and has cut the state’s budget in some areas.

And what can Republican congressional candidates learn from these governors who managed to get reelected in Democratic years like 2006 and 2008?”

And then we will begin, with a confident and happy heart, to examine how we have failed the American people in regard to making clear the moral and philosophical underpinnings of our philosophy. For anyone that fully understands these philosophies, presented calmly and with wit and humility, will come to our side and never leave.

We have tried, and failed. Tomorrow we will try again.

How can we lose, my friends? How can we lose, unless we give up?”

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