Taking stock and looking forward as the primary season winds down today
Regardless of what happens in Delaware today, the truth still remains that having a good and virtuous philosophy and program is one thing, but the ability to spread this message and to convince a sufficient percentage of our fellow citizens to take it as their own is constrained by the messengers they come in contact with.
Which then brings me to a military analogy: there are two great and opposite risks of battle/war when one’s side takes the advantage.
The first is to fail to vigorously pursue and wipe out the enemy when they have been broken and are heedlessly fleeing, thereby giving them a chance to regroup and counterattack.
The other, though, is to advance too far and too rapidly, outrunning supply lines and becoming overextended – thereby allowing the enemy to surround and capture these outposts, which raises their morale, blunts your progress, causes unnecessary losses to your forces, and could turn advantage into defeat. This occurs when you have put the enemy forces under pressure but have not broken through their defenses and scattered their forces into disarray.
The wisdom is to discern the difference – and what I see in the current political battlefield regarding the status of the collectivist left is that they are under substantial pressured but far from being broken. Let us not then get too giddy over our success so far this cycle (while acknowledge the remarkable accomplishments to date in overturning a dysfunctional status quo) – November remains a most critical test of arms.
So in terms of deciding upon who we select to be our candidates, our messengers, we need to discern what is intensifying pressure and what is a bridge too far – very difficult at times. Taking an accurate longer view is especially challenging during the heat of battle.
Since each of us have imperfect knowledge and differing character traits and temperments, we need to remember and thereby hope and trust that Republican voters, joined in voluntary association, will have better collective wisdom in selecting our messengers than what we in our individual punditry can read from the entrails, as it’s not a clearly black and white issue.
And hopefully we will learn from our victories and profit from our defeats in this primary cycle as we move forward to the November elections and afterwards as we then prepare for the equally or more important 2012 election cycle.