May 15, 2006
"WhatÂ’s really stunning is this absolute certainty of angry conservatives that A) Republicans will learn the right lessons from the defeat, and not, say, respond in a panic by embracing their inner RINO and flailing around for MSM approval and B) that the Republicans can easily win back Congress in 2008, just by stiffening their spines and pledging to return to their conservative roots.A quick look at the races in contention this year have to make Conservatives think long and hard about who'll likely be turned out without their support.
I have my doubts on both counts. For starters, why would Republicans get the message that Â“we need to be more conservativeÂ” in a year that conservatives were knocked out?
Who are the Republican lawmakers most angering the conservative base? Well, letÂ’s say Sens. Trent Â“IÂ’m tired of hearing about PorkbustersÂ” Lott, Ted Â“Bridge to NowhereÂ” Stevens, John McCain for cosponsoring KennedyÂ’s immigration bill and campaign finance reform, Arlen Specter for being a pain in the tushie over judges, Chuck Hagel for being the New York TimesÂ’ favorite Republican senator to criticize Bush, and other minimally-conservative Republicans like Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Well, theyÂ’re not going to lose in 2006. Most of Â‘em arenÂ’t even up for reelection this year."
An important read.
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