One of the biggest mistakes my party made this year was not to learn from the results of the 2006 elections. In the immediate aftermath of that defeat, party leaders should have done on domestic issues what the president did on Iraq, acknowledge past mistakes and implement a new strategy.
Maybe we needed the electoral shellacking we took earlier this month the same way an alcoholic “needs” a DUI arrest. Only when he suffers a serious consequence of his drinking to realize how destructive his habit has become. The penalty makes him realize he needs to change.
Given the failure of the GOP to hold true to conservative principles, we deserved what we suffered on November 4.
But, the problem for our nation is that the Democrats haven’t been doing much better. They succeeded largely because they were the non-incumbent party on the executive level. At the same time that Democratic legislative candidates enjoyed significant electoral successes, their party’s legislators had approval ratings which made the last Republican Congress and the incumbent president seem popular by contrast.
As Democrats did not suffer defeat for their Congress’s low approval, we can expect more of the same. They did not experience any adverse consequences for their unpopularity. Given their leadership’s eagerness to increase federal spending (proposing to bailout the domestic automobile industry and to enact a multi-billion dollar “stimulus” package), it seems they’re hell-bent on going on a bender.
Alas, that the American people won’t be able to cite them with a DUI for two more years.