Nov 09 2006
I like that sentiment I have been seeing on the right side of the blogosphere because it mirrors my point. Dems rode a wave of conservative candidates to power. Conservative ballot initiatives pretty much won the day – except those which went too far too fast. The ban on abortion in SD did not succeed. And it represents what a lot of conservatives are not willing to face up to. You can be an extreme conservative. Where is that line? I have no idea. I do know Pat Buchanan lives on the other side of that line. Just as Maxine Waters is an extreme liberal, we have some on our side who go too far. Not that their vision may not be correct, but they have yet to convince the voters their vision is correct.
Are we ready to dispense with the Bush bashing yet? The man doesn’t deserve it and the monday morning backstabbing is just the kind of ‘wrong message’ to send those we need to entice back – and yes, I am getting close to saying ‘you’ instead of ‘we’. I want Iraq to succeed. Does bashing Bush obtain this goal? Nope. I want Iraq to succeed. Do we need to work with the Democrat controlled Congress to obtain this goal? Yes. I want Iraq to succeed. People died to make Iraq succeed. Am I going to worry about partisan gotcha ahead of succeeding in Iraq? Never. If we succeed in Iraq three things happen. First we strike a blow against Islamo Fascism and continue to change the face of the ME. This is still the best plan of attack so my kids are not fighting in these streets here in the US to win the war. Second, it will vindicate those who sacrificed to achieve this goal, and make their sacrifice worthwhile. And finally, it will validate the conservative principles, which in the end where to face our threats head on and not pretend they do not exist. But validating conservative principles is 3rd on my list of accomplishments.
When is the conservative movement going to get over the rejection and stop blaming everyone else. It was not Bush. It was the crude infighting, it was the rejections of compromise, it was the holier than thou attitudes. People rage against the Gang of 14 but we got all these wonderful justices and judges on the bench. It is the result that matters – or at least should matter. What is wrong with Schwarzenegger? He not conservative enough? Are we going to push him out of the party even though he has given us the first chance in a decade to make a comeback in CA? Did we purge Chafee and lose the senate in a snit of purity? Did we do the same to DeWine? Did DeWine lose because he was a member of the Gang of 14? A better question for the conservatives right now – is did he deserve to lose? I respectfully ask Republicans to answer this question.
Did DeWine deserve to lose his seat because he was a member of the Gang of 14? Was it better for the party that he lost? The answer to this question will foretell the future of the Republican party. It will not be Bush – it will be the base and how diverse the base is willing to be.
Update: Groping for answers, many point to Iraq. But Bush did nothing wrong in Iraq. When we are played well, face up to it. If the democrats had sided with Bush and said we are in this to win Al Qaeda would have crumbled. We have their own words in communiques to that effect. But the dems took political advantage of the war and promised withdrawl. That gave the terrorists hope and a plan – which they executed very well. And if the Dems do not start withdrawling now (and they won’t), the terrorists will remind them of their promise. This is a clear fact of what happened from 2004 until now. The dems and their pathetic media lap dogs never celebrated the successes in Iraq. The huge elections, the potential, the local control over most of the country. The left never allowed momentum to build towards winning – and that is what is required to win. The left needed a losing war to beat the reps. Don’t blame Bush for this. The media is a powerful tool and they went all out (are people telling me they missed Olberman’s coming out this cycle?). But at what price? You can win ugly – but when you inherit the disaster you created it is best not to win at all. Conservatives have no responsibility to further the Democrat propaganda and blame Bush, when it was they who fed hope to the Jihadists they could (and did) break our will.
And yes, it is about the polarization. Leave that for the left to lose on.