Yes, yesterday was a bitter blow, particularly given how many of us expected Mitt Romney to win. And perhaps it was the difference between that expectation and the actual result that has caused so much despair in conservative ranks.
We should, however, not despair. We have the better arguments and we have the deeper bench. Our leaders have ideas for reform. The president’s party may present themselves as the party of the future, but its leaders lack many new ideas, trotting out little more than retrofitted versions of the failed ideas of the past.
Eight years ago, Democrats too were glum. Their nominee from the Bay State lost a narrow race to an incumbent from the opposing party. Our party gained seats in the U.S. Senate, increasings its majority to 55, just as the Democrats did last night.
But, they didn’t then win the House, as we did last night. And they didn’t any new ideas, as we do. But, they still managed to come roaring back two years later, as we will.
We may be down today, but we’re far better off than the Democrats were when they lost in 2004.