Some perspectives are more compelling than others.
There are those who maintain that if Republicans walk away victorious in the three most notable elections today – the New Jersey governorship, the Virginia governorship, and New York District 23 – it is a clear message that Americans are rejecting the radical liberalism of President Barack Obama. (The White House, of course, is quick to refute such a notion, saying that regardless of the results today, it is absolutely no reflection on America’s supreme leader).
If it isn’t all together true, it is certainly a huge step in the right direction, regardless of the spin Obamacrats put on it.
If, however, roles were reversed, and Republicans were facing defeat in three similarly key races, rest assured, those losses would all be attributable to the policies of whatever Republican punching bag- er, president – was in office. One can only guess how impossible it would be not to imagine every talking head from every corner of the mainstream galaxy tying such Republican losses directly to a wholesale rejection of the Republican president.
(Like they did a year ago with a “mandate” of 52.7%).
And if, by chance, polls were showing Democrats running ahead in each of today’s “big three” races, it would only be about how America is embracing Obama’s transformative vision.
The most interesting (and predictable) perspective of all is one proffered by Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press – and probably most everyone else on the Sycophant Express. She concedes that while victories today would be good for Republicans, overall, the party remains riddled with a host of crippling problems and cancerous in-fighting. They need to calm themselves down and put things in perspective.
Victories in Virginia, New Jersey or elsewhere won’t erase enormous obstacles the party faces heading into a 2010 midterm election year when control of Congress and statehouses from coast to coast will be up for grabs.
It’s been a tough few years for the GOP. The party lost control of Congress in 2006 and then lost the White House in 2008 with three traditional Republican states — Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia — abandoning the party.
So even if political winds start blowing harder behind them and even if they can capitalize on Democratic missteps, Republicans still will have a long way to go over the next year because of their party’s own fundamental problems — divisions over the path forward, the lack of a national leader and a shrinking base in a changing nation.
A shrinking base?
A changing nation?
Funny, the last time I looked, more Americans called themselves “conservative” than at any time in recent years.
And while more and more citizens fight to hold on to their liberties in the face of an ever-encroaching federal government, the only thing “changing” is the Democrat Party itself. Radical leftism is now mainstream liberalism.
Talk about rejection.
It is clear – from the exuberance of the summertime Tea Parties to the steadily collapsing Democrat poll numbers – that there is an ascendancy of conservatism across this country. The American people, it appears, will not tolerate their liberties being annexed by an all-powerful, liberty-gobbling federal authority. Senator Orrin Hatch correctly points out that if the federal government can force its citizens into purchasing insurance, there is literally nothing the government cannot make them do.
Chris Christie - New Jersey's next governor?
The thing is, liberals and their media benefactors seem to have a tough time asking and answering the correct questions. They can, for instance, go on and on about the perilous future awaiting us all due to global warming, but never bother asking such seemingly obvious follow-ups as, “So, if we are headed for disaster, what is the correct temperature supposed to be?” or “So, if a steadily cooling planet is not a sign of the reversal of global warming, then what is?”
Ms. Sidoti seems to be having similar difficulties.
Given that today is, quite literally, an off-year election, with only a limited number of key races to watch, what exactly would have to happen for Obamacrats to believe that Republicans are turning things around (assuming they’d ever dare to admit such a thing)? If across-the-board victories for Republicans/conservatives in these key races are not clear indications of changing attitudes among voters, then what would be? Twenty-point victories? Fifty point victories? One hundred percent of the vote?
If, for instance, Chris Christie beats Jon Corzine in the race for New Jersey governor, does it really mean nothing to Democrats? Is it only possible for the electorate to reject Republicans?
If voting Democrats out of office is not a signal that Democrats are being renounced, then what is?
And despite Ms. Sidoti’s assertions, there is no war in the Republican base.
Quite the opposite.
There is a renaissance of sorts – a regeneration – slowly pumping life into a flaccid political body looking to shake off the long-lingering after-effects of moderatosis (i.e., John McCain being the face of the Republican Party). There is literally an affirmation of conservative values taking place in the Grand Old Party.
Meanwhile, Dems – who, you’ll recall, have commanding majorities in both Houses of Congress – cannot seem to come together on too much of anything these days, other than blaming everything wrong in America on George W. Bush. Such political distress, of course, is promptly interpreted as evidence of a party rife with spirited, thoughtful give-and-take, as unified as it has ever been.
Thus, (according to the playbook) while Democrats carefully weigh their options from all corners of the liberal spectrum, bitter divisions continue to plague Republicans.
Yada, yada, yada.
The bottom line is, when opportunities such as this come along, they must be seized upon. Now is the time for conservatives everywhere to make their case – why smaller government is the right way, the Founder’s way, the American way. Now is the time to go out and sell liberty again.
Conservatives must be up to the task.
It begins today – and it damn well does matter.
Today is huge.
And, incidentally, I’m predicting all three of these races go the right way.
Good luck Doug Hoffman, Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell.