This is a quote from Tom Delay’s new blog by John Hawkins.
“I’m of the opinion that we lost because the Republicans up on Capitol Hill forgot what I think is the first rule of politics: take care of your base first and then reach out to the middle.
Unfortunately, too many Republicans in Washington ignored what their biggest supporters wanted and instead, seemed to have an attitude that said, “What are they going to do, vote for Democrats?”
Of course, few conservatives are going to vote for a Democratic Senator or Congressman. But, will they contribute money? Will they volunteer to help out campaigns? Will they defend the GOP to their friends and neighbors when they’re under attack? Will they show up to vote at all in November? Will they write nice things about the GOP on their blogs? Unfortunately, far too often in 2006, the answer turned out to be, “No.”
And it’s easy to understand why. How could it be that we had a Republican President, 55 Republican Senators, and a 15 seat lead in the House, yet we still had a massive deficit, a Republican led amnesty for illegal aliens push, and someone like Harriet Miers being nominated to the Supreme Court? Just when did the Republican Party become the sort of party that supported projects like the “Bridge to Nowhere,” and expensive big government programs like the Medicare Prescription drug plan? When did we stop being the party of Reagan and become the Party of compassionate conservatism? “Compassion” is all well and good, but in the real world, all it seems to mean is wasting a lot of taxpayer money and the President standing there and taking it when he’s called a liar who misled the American people into going to war by Democrats who voted for the war themselves because they believed that Saddam had an active WMD program.
Face it: the GOP lost in 2006 because they became complacent, arrogant, and decided that they were too good to, “dance with the conservatives that brung them,” into power in the first place. Moreover, let me add that the distance between the Republicans in Washington and the people who should be their biggest supporters has yet to be bridged by the sting of defeat. The base may not like the Democrats or be happy that they’re in power, but they’re still frustrated and angry with the GOP.
That’s where Tom nailed it in the interview. We do need to, “work together as a conservative movement,” and the first step down the road is for the Republicans in Washington to start proving to the people who are their biggest supporters that they are listening and do still stand for the same principles that Ronald Reagan popularized in the eighties. Nobody expects perfection, but a few more stands on principle and a lot less of the “Democratic light” we’ve seen in recent years would go a long way towards smoothing the ruffled feathers of the Republican base.”
This fellow reflects my feelings exactly. I think our first clue as to what was coming from these clowns was that one of Bush’s first actions was to team up with Ted “Chappaquidick” Kennedy to pass the biggest increase in the Dept, of Education’s history. I was more in favor of closing down the DOEd. I think it is DEAD. It is nothing more than a money sink along with the Dept. of Transportation and 75% of the rest of the bureaucracy in Foggybottom. These Departments serve only the purposes of 1. Ability of pols to say that they are doing something about the problem du jour, 2. To serve to provide employment to a bunch of surly bureaucrats and 3. most importantly to provide power to the sorry bunch that we elect to “serve” us.
I was amazed at the amount of negative posting on the blogs and in some of the comments before the election. The only people that should be surprised at this outcome to the election are the clueless people that pushed the strategy for the republicans in the congress that “accomodation will get us re-elected”.