Where to go, what to do
The midterm election results made one thing painfully clear: voters wanted Republicans out. Liberal Republicans like Lincoln Chafee and conservative ones like Rick Santorum were both given the boot, as were GOP incumbents all throughout the House of Representatives.
These few days after the election have been a time for Republicans to point fingers, place blame, and theorize as to why this happened. Karl Rove says it's more about a perception of corruption, as well as the Foley and Haggert scandals, that did them in. Rush Limbaugh says it was the failure of candidates to stand for what they believe with any believability. Pat Toomey of National Review says it's due to the GOP's rejection of limited government. Ann Coulter says it's because Democrats like Webb, Casey and Tester basically ran as Republicans. Charles Krauthammer says it's Iraq, stupid.
As exit polling data and future polling results come in, we may get a better explanation as to why the country abandoned the Republicans. The best indication of the answer lies in the fact that self-described moderates and Independents went overwhelmingly for the Democratic Party.
This should be the key for the losers on Tuesday. The Democrats won because the Republican Party had been hijacked by extremists: divisive, arrogant, and corrupt far-right politicians whose blunders and sins were limitless. Chaffee lost simply because of the sins of this party. Unfortunately, the party wasn't even very good at appealing to their extremist base. Evangelicals were almost evenly split between blue and red.
This should be a sign for 2008. No George Allen, Sam Brownback, Bill Frist, or Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination, please. The country doesn't want 'em.
Posted by Patrick Boyle at 1:43 AM