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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Thought for the Day - 2

Newt Gingrich, etc, didn't take control of Congress through their "conservative" values. What they did was construct the "Contract with America" platform which was almost entirely economic, that, although somewhat explicit, offered enough room that conservatives and moderates alike could run on it.

The idea that "conservatism won" is largely a later construction by those seeking power by respinning the past.

I would compare it somewhat with the Dems' 2008 election. It was a wave that included many new moderates, but now there are many on the left that have tried to spin it that it was a massive endorsement of their very liberal ideas.

Litmus "conservatism" is not the Republican's way back. What they need is a very open "big vision" that will allow moderates to hide under the mantle.


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