November 10, 2006
I Told You So.

I posted this entry on my personal blog on August 15, 2006:

There's a word for the prevailing attitude among the Republican Party: Hubris. That is, overbearing pride, blind complacency, and arrogant presumptuousness.

The Mehlmanites watch the meltdown at "Jackass Central" with no small measure of satisfaction. They pat themselves on the back for their self-perceived savvy and laugh at the utter confusion and autoimmune dysfunction that has beset the Democratic National Committee. At The DNC, self is no longer able to distinguish from nonself. The body is being devoured from within by the metastatic cancer of radical socialism. With no direction, no vision, no plan for the conduct of this nation's affairs, and no unity except for their hatred of Bush, Karl Rove, and America, Democrat now feverishly hacks away at the political career of fellow Democrat in an effort to advance one's personal agenda and vision of "How America Ought To Be"(TM).

But as they watch the carnage with smug satisfaction, the Mehlmanites fail to note that their party is also sailing through torpedo water.

It's going to take more than laughing complacently at the Democrats for Republicans to maintain the majority come Election Day. The GOP must also find a way out of the pit it has dug for itself through ignoring the demands from tens of millions of angry voters for accountability and fidelity. The GOP has a character and credibility problem that had better be addressed quickly, and to the satisfaction of millions of disillusioned voters. For even if the Democrats don't have a plan or a platform, the Republican Party's own institutional dissolution and moral cowardice may be a sufficient agent for their undoing in November.

The Republican Party has tried hard to ignore the great big hairy 800-pound gorilla sitting at the dinner table in the form of tens of millions of very angry Americans who voted Republican in 2004 and who now feel as if they have been suckered by the Republican Party- which is clearly the case, looking back over the last two years. The Republican Party owes these Americans an explanation. For instance:

The Republicans have yet to explain their support of this President's decision, in time of war, to make nice with nations who sponsor the terrorists who want us dead.

The Republicans have yet to explain why they squandered all that hard-won 'political capital' by way of a massive capitulation to the Democrat minority in the first months of 2005- a capitulation so utterly wholesale and shameful that it makes Jacques Chirac look like a pillar of resolve.

The Republicans have yet to explain their arrogant refusal to cut billions of frivolous and self-enriching pork projects, particularly those of Republican House Speaker Dennis "Porky Pig" Hastert, who is on record for his vitriolic outbursts against those who dared hold him accountable for it.

The Republicans have yet to explain why, after six years of Republican majority and in spite of a massive outcry from Americans, our borders are still dangerously wide-open, and why Republican incumbents want to grant amnesty to illegal aliens at the expense of those who came here legally.

The Republicans have yet to explain this Administration's failure to find and prosecute people within our own government who continue to leak classified information with impunity.

The Republicans have yet to explain to tens of millions of angry Americans why they should again trust candidates and incumbents who have failed to do anything other than perpetuate the same damned old problem that Americans elected them to fix two years ago.

Hubris. Blind, dangerous arrogance.

I would respectfully advise those in the GOP who see this situation through roseate lenses not to get cocky. There are a lot more problems facing the GOP this go-around than they think. A few dozen million problems, in fact, all with an axe to grind against the "electables" who have weakened our nation. And while the Electability Wing of the GOP may have forgotten about all those angry voters, you can bet that the angry voters will not have forgotten about them."

I thought it was worth review.

Posted by ERNurse at November 10, 2006 01:54 AM | Email This
1. Awesome ERNurse. I noticed all the talk shows suddenly are conservative again. I think Rush and most of them are worthless now as they sold out to Republicanism instead of being conservative. They can't be trusted.

Posted by: John McDonald on November 10, 2006 07:20 AM
2. ERNurse; You can't get everything you want in politics, as much as we all would like to. We got conservative supreme court justices, the death tax repealed, (temporarily), taxes cut, and a decent Ambassador to the UN, (now to be booted out by the dems). I think Republicans should have been more agressive on the borders and on reforming social security. I think it's a mistake to believe that Republicans lost because they weren't conservative enough. Republicans lost because the media beat the anti-war anti-Bush drum day after day after day.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on November 10, 2006 10:50 AM
3. I think it is a combination of factors. Certainly the media anti-Iraq drumbeat was a big one. Dems also largely figured out the Repub technical advantages and then bettered them by a lot. Remember, most technology companies are run by Dems. There's a lot of power in Google and Yahoo to determine the winds of the electorate by what they are searching on. That's probably the single biggest dangerous tool that the Dems will have going forward.

The other thing is that yes, conservatives took their eyes off the ball in key areas such as pork, spending, borders, etc.

Then there's the demographics. Large Urban areas control huge voting blocks.

And there's also overreach. There are moderate Repubs who were upset by certain key overreaches even if overall, the Repubs should have sold a more believable conservative platform.

I think we need to expose the Dems loudly and clearly as socialists and statists. Make it clear that they are no friends of freedom and capitalism. It's hard for them to hide those ugly stripes.

Posted by: Jeff B. on November 10, 2006 02:00 PM
4. The Repubs gave the Dems a staggering amount of material to work with. Now its the Dems turn to be in the spotlight - we'll see how that works out.

I don't feel sorry for the Mehlman's, Rove's and Bush's. They were too busy spreading the big lies about Iraq and illegal immigration reform. They deserved to lose because of that. Conservatives hated the comprehensive illegal immigration reform (amnesty) that Bush/Rove was parading about. They actually believed that the increase in illegals from Mexico would be to their advantage. Such arrogance and stupidity ! If the Neo-Cons had come clean about the border and been more open about Iraq, things could have been alot different and the voters would have been less pissed off.

Posted by: KS on November 10, 2006 03:05 PM
5. Bill, we could have gotten more conservative justices had the RINOs not peed their pants in front of the minority opposition.

We could have had a secure border and a meaningful enforcement of the existing law had the RINOs not peed their pants in front of the minority opposition.

We could have had a solid platform of superior ethics had the RINOs not peed their pants in front of the minority opposition.

All we have left of the Mehlman/Tebelius formula of "electable" Republicans is a minority cadre of betwetters. Does that satisfy you?

Posted by: ERNurse on November 11, 2006 01:45 AM
6. I don't think we really disagree here ERNurse. I'm as annoyed by the RINO's as you are and I would put the President in that category.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on November 11, 2006 09:54 AM
7. Bill, I think you are right. But we (Republicans) have got to shake off the cobwebs and reclaim our party from the people who have given us John McCain, Arlen Specter, Mike McGavick, and yes, even George W. Bush. You would think in this modern age it would be easier. What is it going to take? A full Democrat Congress with a Democrat POTUS appointing a full Democrat SCOTUS and abolishing a two-party system?

It'll be too late then. We have to do it NOW.

Posted by: ERNurse on November 12, 2006 12:52 AM
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