Like many conservatives in the wake of the reelection of a failed liberal president, I have experienced my share of sadness in the past few days, passing through several stages of grief, from depression when we learned the results to bitterness to anger, but then, starting sometime yesterday, not even forty-eight hours after the loss, I passed into a new stage resolve.
And it seems I’m not the only one.
Perhaps, the most striking contrast between liberals and conservatives I have observed in my Facebook feed has been the greater amount of bile coming from the left, even after their victory. The seemed to react to the 2012 victory in a manner similar to their response to their 2004 defeat, lashing out at conservatives.
Now, to be sure, some conservatives have not been on their most, well, adult behavior in responding to the results, but, on the whole, they’re facing them with grim determination or considered resignation. But, they’re also (and this in the third day after) coming up with solutions on how to rebuild the party.
What struck me about the Charles Krauthammer piece I excerpted here was how forward-looking it was. Similarly, Jennifer Rubin has offered Ten fix-it projects for the GOP. On the same day, she also offered suggestions for building a bigger GOP.
Bookworm offered several Practical suggestions for bypassing the media and getting the conservative message out. Michael Walsh also impressed upon the GOP the need to develop “alternative media” which could serve as “both as a sword and shield against the decaying, corrupt journalistic establishment.” (Walsh via Reynolds.)
In short, many conservatives have stopped licking our wounds and are now, learning from our mistakes this year and focusing on rebuilding for the future. Reagan conservatives have always been a forward-looking folk.