We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Long-time readers of Maggie's know that I am an evil Dem, but not an ideological Dem. My advice to my Repub friends after this lousy day at the polls: 1. Dump your baggage of sleazebags. 2. Find some decent leadership who can communicate: Frist was worthless, as was Hastert. 3. Make a stand on illegal immigration, or Hillary will do it for you 4. Show some interest in regular people - how they live and what they worry about. Don't offer them freebies - offer them cheer, interest and inspiration. 5. Iraq may or may not be a good thing - but it's not the only thing going on. 6. Listen to Mike Pence, below (h/t, NRO):
Election day 2006 will be remembered as a turning point in American political history. Twenty-five years after the Reagan Administration came to Washington with a conservative agenda of limited government, the American people chose a different course.
It is the duty of the losing party in a free election to humbly accept defeat and to acknowledge that the people are sovereign in the People's House.
As we examine the results of this election, it is imperative that we listen to the American people and learn the right lessons.
Some will argue that we lost our majority because of scandals at home and challenges abroad. I say, we did not just lose our majority, we lost our way.
While the scandals of the 109th Congress harmed our cause, the greatest scandal in Washington, D.C. is runaway federal spending.
After 1994, we were a majority committed to balanced federal budgets, entitlement reform and advancing the principles of limited government. In recent years, our majority voted to expand the federal government's role in education, entitlements and pursued spending policies that created record deficits and national debt.
This was not in the Contract with America and Republican voters said, "enough is enough." Our opponents will say that the American people rejected our Republican vision. I say the American people didn't quit on the Contract with America, we did. And in so doing, we severed the bonds of trust between our party and millions of our most ardent supporters.
As the 110th Congress convenes next year, Republicans must cordially accept defeat and dedicate ourselves to advancing our cause as the loyal opposition knowing that the only way to retake our natural, governing majority, is to renew our commitment to limited government, national defense, traditional values and reform.
I find it interesting that this morning there are many out there stating that Republicans should gracefully accept defeat and acknowledge what has happened and become a "loyal opposition."
I guess they have a great example in the Democrats and how they did so in 2000, 2002, and 2004.
Perhaps the most hypocritical line I heard last night was hearing a Dem state that this election shows that dirty tricks and negative campaigning does not win elections.
I guess the back peddling will now commence. They've done everything they can to win, now they have to actually do something. Will this be a case of a group of people so desparate to win that they promised too much, critized too far in the other direction that they have set themselves up for a fall? Only time will tell...
"I guess the back peddling will now commence. They've done everything they can to win, now they have to actually do something. Will this be a case of a group of people so desparate to win that they promised too much, critized too far in the other direction that they have set themselves up for a fall? Only time will tell..."
i've actully read commentary pointing out how little the Dems had actually proposed(prior to the election itself) with regard to plans/direction/leadership...and that,as a result,
the bar for measuring their achievements
has been set quite low(as in non-existent).
the public voted for "change"
but change "to what?" remains unspecified.