As we begin to take stock of the recent election, our native optimism and cheery disposition is beginning to return.
And we can’t help but point out the difference in response between the losing conservatives of this election and the losing Angy Left of the 2000 and 2004 elections. Where the leftists filled blogs with expletives and run on screams about election stealing, conservatives and conservative candidates recognize close elections notwithstanding, the election was lost fair and square. After all, that’s democracy, right?
Conservatives must just be more optimistic than liberals.
We’re especially pleased to note that, well, Bush is still President. Some headlines seem to think that Democratic control of the House and Senate meant the President would roll over and play dead, allowing liberals to completely reverse course on everything from Iraq, to lower taxes and conservative Supreme Court nominees.
As we pointed out yesterday, this election was not a rejection of the war in Iraq. More voters listed corruption and scandal as affecting their vote than Iraq. And that’s fair. In many cases we supported Republican candidates despite the corruption and scandal but because of their support for the war in Iraq. That preference doesn’t mean we weren’t frustrated and disgusted with the Abramoff and Foley scandals.
The Lieberman win over Lamont is proof positive that the Angry Left’s opposition to the war in Iraq is not a majority position. If they couldn’t win with a liberal anti-war candidate in one of the most liberal states in the Union, it wont win anywhere. The win of moderate Democrats like Heath Shuler (hat tip: Morgan) further evinces this position. Hopefully Democratic control of the House and the Senate will invest Democrats in the war in a way that has not yet happened; hopefully they will take some ownership of it.
In fact, this election gives us hope that perhaps the Democratic party isn’t trending as far left as Lamont’s primary win over Lieberman seemed to indicate. We hope that the influx of good, moderate Democrats like Mr. Shuler helps to keep Democrats more centrist.
Again, the key will be how the large number of moderate Democratic freshmen interact with their stridently liberal committee chairmen. Speaker Pelosi may have been elected by the angryleftwingnuts in her San Francisco district, but she’s Speaker because of independent voters in places like Iowa and North Carolina.
And finally, a high priority for liberals–maybe now the world will like us better!–that’s what we’re all shooting for, right?
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