Victor David Hanson over at National Review Online has a good article that is worth reading this weekend. He takes a stab at what went wrong for Republicans on Nov. 4. McCain lost, and Republicans lost seats in Congress.
I encourage you to read the full post, it’s longer than your normal, but provides good food for thought. He provides us with three theories: it was a fluke, we were not willing to give up enough of our principles or, we gave up too much of our principles.
Could it be a combination of all of the above? I guess so, but I agree with Hanson’s argument that the right course of action to succeed in the future is to beef-up our conservative principles and take the opportunity to teach more often. I’m confident that is what we are doing her at Radio Vice Online and over at Conservative247.
One thing I found interesting. When conservatives did stick to the guiding principle that freedom is good – everywhere – we did well. From Hanson’s piece.
On foreign policy and national security, the battle of ideas is already won. A more articulate, persuasive defense of existing foreign policy, without gratuitous “they’re wimps” lingo would help. But come January, the Left will in surprising fashion emulate most of what Bush did abroad, albeit under a fuzzy, kumbaya veneer. The removal of Saddam, the humiliating defeat of Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the creation of a constitutional government in Baghdad will seem better, not worse, as each month passes in which we see little American combat violence approaching a likely 2011 withdrawal date.
I think we should all take the following as a challenge.
The key is not to abandon conservative positions, but to explain them in novel ways to the majority who might find them more in tune with human nature — and consequently more humanitarian than their usual caricatures of being too selfish, tough, or insensitive.
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