A Renewed Conservative Republican Majority
By Morton C. Blackwell
History never repeats itself exactly, but there are patterns in history which repeat themselves.
For instance, the recent election results in Virginia, in New Jersey, and, most spectacularly, in Massachusetts, lead me to believe that the November 2010 elections may produce results for Republicans similar to the 1994 elections.
The landslide elections of 2008 may be followed in 2010 by a landslide in the opposite direction. I certainly hope so and will do all I can to make that happen.
Something big is happening in America. We saw the first evidence of a grassroots conservative uprising last year at the townhall meetings and the spontaneous proliferation of tea party events.
The Republican victories in Virginia and New Jersey were dismissed by the Obama White House, Democratic Party leaders, and the mainstream media as anomalies caused by local circumstances.
Then came a thunderbolt in, of all places, Massachusetts: Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown. The old explanations don’t work anymore. No one can credibly deny that the left and the Democratic Party, which are pretty much the same thing these days, are in deep, national trouble now.
President Obama, who promised change, may cause more change than he likes this year.
It took our Republican Party more than a decade after the 1994 elections to lose the confidence of the American electorate. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid have accomplished that in a single year.
Other than the important task of uniting ourselves almost unanimously against the Obama Administration and the Democrat majorities in the Congress, the Republican Party has done very little to cause or deserve the sudden change in the national political climate.
No, the Democrats have brought their problems upon themselves.
They have not merely caused the tide of politics to turn against them; they have generated a tsunami which may sweep them away. I hope so.
Driven irresistibly by their extreme ideology and an unquenchable thirst for power, they basked in the approval of the only media they see. They never stopped to consider the possibility that their behavior might offend and alienate the majority of Americans. It did.
Moral indignation is one of the most powerful human instincts. It seldom dominates politics, but when it does it tends to sweep everything before it.
It’s not easy to rouse the national electorate into a state of moral outrage, but President Obama and the Democrats have arrogantly managed to do it. Their politics stink almost palpably.
Unprecedented spending. Unprecedented deficits. Unprecedented increases in national debt. Major tax increases in the midst of a recession. Gross favoritism to political allies. Demagogic attacks on all perceived opponents. Grabs in all directions for more power in government and the private sector. Bragging about not letting any crisis go to waste. Shamelessly corrupt bargains to buy votes in Congress. Appointments of avowed socialists, Marxists, and even an admitted communist to government positions. Government control of health care. Cap and tax. Card check. Government monopoly of student loans. Change the law to keep a Republican governor from appointing to fill a U.S. Senate vacancy; change the law again to allow a Democrat governor to appoint a U.S. Senator. Class warfare. Famously broken promises from government transparency to the unemployment rate. Endless apologies to the rest of the world for being the United States of America.
A full list would be much longer.
These people are far, far from the mainstream of America. They are not ready for prime time. The emperor has no clothes, his pants are on the ground, and a great many people now are outraged to see that he fooled them.
Barring some extraordinary event, Republicans will certainly make a major comeback in the November 2010 elections.
But are we ready for that?
Power does tend to corrupt, and no party is immune to the temptations of power.
Must we repeat the costly mistakes of our recent past? How can we avoid the future abandonment of the conservative principles on which we built a majority coalition? That’s what caused so many American voters to throw so many Republicans out of office.
I outlined a plan of action in my December 17 posting on RedState, “Conservative Republican Participation.”