Today was a good day for Conservatives. The results are in from the three most important races – – races where we had actually had some Conservatives in the running:
Virginia Governor: McDonnell, Republican
New Jersey Governor: Christie, Republican
New York Congressman: Hoffman, Conservative (update: this turned after I went to bed, and the Dem pulled it out…but the Conservative had a good run)
Last weekend, while dining at the IHOP, I had a conversation with a couple at a nearby table. The man, a prison minister, said “I’ll be honest with you, I voted for Barack Obama. I wish I hadn’t and I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. That said, I don’t think McCain would have been any better.”
And that, my friends, is why we are where we are today. The voters were not given a choice. The liberals picked their candidate and ours as well. If you believed Obama (and why wouldn’t you as the media refused to do even the most cursory of a background check to inform the voting public of his radical history) then there was but a scant difference between him and the crusty old McCain.
So, thank you Republicans for the election of Barack Obama. Thank you Republicans for providing the average voter with absolutely NO alternative.To all of you party hacks who continue to declare we must moderate our message to be more inclusive, we have done that since Reagan left and look at where it has gotten us. Now step aside assholes and let Conservatives try to repair the damage. Your two party system is a thing of the past.
Jonah Goldberg’s latest column, entitled True Conservatives Just Want A Turn, is spot-on:After 15 or 20 years of steady moderation, many conservatives think it might be time to give their ideas a try.
Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” was promoted as an alternative to traditional conservatism. Bush promised to be a “different kind of Republican,” and he kept that promise. He advocated government activism, and he put our money where his mouth was. He federalized education with No Child Left Behind — coauthored by Teddy Kennedy — and oversaw the biggest increase in education spending (58%) in history, according to the Heritage Foundation, while doing next to nothing to advance the conservative idea known as school choice.
With the prescription drug benefit, he created the biggest new entitlement since the Great Society (Obama is poised to topple that record). He increased spending on the National Institutes of Health by 36% and international aid by 74%, according to Heritage. He oversaw the largest, most porktacular farm bills ever. He signed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a massive new regulation of Wall Street. His administration defended affirmative action before the Supreme Court. He pushed amnesty for immigrants, raised steel tariffs, supported Title IX and signed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation.
Now the rank and file might be wrong to want to get back to basics, but I don’t think so. With Obama racing to transform America into a European welfare state fueled by terrifying deficit spending, this seems like a good moment to argue for limited government.