How McCain Lost – or How Any Republican Loses

    Obama won, yes, but only because McCain lost this election. I won’t address the tactics the Obama campaign utilized to win, as they have been documented elsewhere. I am focusing on McCain.Firstly, it must be said up-front that Palin was a net gain to McCain. I have heard rumblings from Republican elitists and operatives that Palin ruined McCain’s chances. No, McCain did that. Palin roused | Read More »

    Engaging The Arena of Ideas

    This is going to be short. I need to get ready for work.Yesterday I made a post critical of the Republican Main Street Partnership and the moderates there whose own goals on their web site is to counter Conservatism. I also pointed out that some very prominent members of the Republican Party belong to this group. John McCain is one of them.Now that the election | Read More »

    Why I Hate “Republicans”

    OK, the title’s a bit inflammatory, but I really do hate a lot of elected and appointed Republicans. Erick’s “Leper” piece got me started on this thought and I will try to relate it to my own experience.I was born a Southerner, a Baptist, and a Democrat. Learning to read pretty much took care of the first two, the third took a lot longer. At | Read More »

    First post on RS

    No offense to Ruffini, et.al. but I don’t think my opinions there would matter much. Too RNC-insider-ish. That and I’ve been lurking here for four years, and boy do I miss Tac, a lot. So. McCain lost the election, yes? It’s a bummer, and reading the folks all over the place is an even bigger bummer. Finger-pointing has already come up to a shrill level, | Read More »

    GOP Has Been Down This Road Before

    This was the New York Times’ post-election analysis exactly 16 years ago today, Nov. 5, 1992, a day after Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W. Bush:The Democrats came out of the political wilderness on Tuesday. The Republicans entered it.The Democrats set aside all the self-doubts, the years of feeling on the wrong side of history, the election nights when the proud party of Roosevelt, Truman | Read More »

    Conservatives Thank the Republican Main Street Partnership

    To quote one of our posts here on Red State, “the great moderate experiment in the Republican Party is over!” – Will someone please tell the moderate Republicans of the Republican Main Street Partnership!In 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected president. The great Reagan Revolution was born with the melding of conservatives, evangelical Christians, and the “Reagan Democrats”. In 1994, Newt Gingrich engineered the take over | Read More »

    Conservatives are mad as ….

    I came across a couple of columns on the Internet that explain what happened last night. One is from Hot Air and the other is from the American Issues project.They both say things so well that I really cannot think of much to add to them. In the interest of fair use, I cannot post them in their entirety but I STRONGLY urge everyone to | Read More »

    Government is a Reacting Entity

    I was channel surfing today and clicked on “The View”. I have NEVER been able to stomach watching this show after seeing some clips, well, except to ogle Hasselbeck!They had Vernon Jordan on and he made an ironic statement. I paraphrase, “Government is reactionary entity, not an initiating entity and responds to what people want.” He said the government affirms whatever “law” we “write” on | Read More »

    Why Republicans Lost

    From the twilight of GOP control of the Michigan House in 2006, photo of what made the Republican caucus communications department most proud:No hint of the party of Reagan and limited government here.~~~~PS. The very idea of tax-funded caucus campaign organizations within the legislature demonstrates by itself just how far we’ve traveled from the vision of limited, representative government.

    We Need To Find Our Voice

    Few conservatives will disagree that we have lost our voice in the public arena. This all began when we elected George W. Bush in 1999. President Bush promised a New Tone™ in Washington. He had worked successfully with both parties as the Governor of Texas, and would continue to do the same as the leader of our nation. He would eliminate the partisan bickering that | Read More »

    First Day Of The New Battle

    This was emailed to my friends and family this morning, thought it would be good to post here as well.Good morning everyone.It would appear I will not be getting that Vice-President’s Chief of Staff position I wanted so badly.I wanted to take a moment to congratulate President-elect Barack Obama on becoming the first black American president-elect. It is truly a significant achievement to be elected | Read More »

    With change comes opportunity

    The electorate voted for change yesterday. Now we will see what kind of change they will get. We will also see that with change comes opportunity.First, a mea culpa…

    If Republicans Want to Keep Losing Elections…

    Keep this centrist-moderate thing that totally alienates the base goingContinue to Nominate Uninspiring Elderly Bob Dole Clones Continue to Run Away from Critical Social Issues that Resonate with Working Class Americans Like Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Gun Control. Keep Treating the Liberal Media like they don’t work for the DNCContinue to Empower and Laud RINO politiciansNever Actually RUN on a Winning Platform Like Tax REFORMKeep | Read More »

    Why I’m Still Smiling Tonight–Reasons for Republican Joy

    Oddly enough, I’m a lot less depressed about tonight’s election outcome that I assumed I’d be with these results. While I wish things had gone differently, I am actually feeling a lot of positive thoughts and emotions. And since no, I am not drunk, I don’t believe that I’ve just gone up Denial River without a paddle. I feel like I did my duty, gave | Read More »

    A few points on tonight

    Point one: There’s no need to start pointing fingers within the party. This election was on style, not substance. No faction’s to blame, and no policy is at fault. We know this because Obama won. He ran on no ideas at all. We all went into this together with the wrong idea. We just need to learn how to win again, rather than try to | Read More »