"Where to now, Saint Peter?"
Where to indeed? After a annihilation of Spartan proportions, The GOP is reeling and confused over how quickly the country turned Left. But did it? A look at the 2008 county by county map tells us we are still a Center-Right country. But if that’s the case, why is the GOP still stunned over Obama’s landslide?
Most people on the ground saw it coming, the pundits saw it coming, as did the media. But the GOP apparently didn’t. Just why did 20% of Conservatives vote for Barack? And how the heck did all those undecideds break hard for Obama? What the GOP couldn’t see was a lot of grumbling from the base about immigration, energy, and spending. Another issue that dogged the Republicans in the last four years was the “Moderates”.
Moderate Republicans, like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, believe that moderation and compromise are the key to a healthy government. But some on the Right feel reaching across the aisle, especially on the issues of, say, taxes and defense, is diluting the conservative message. By their very nature, Conservative Ideals simply cannot be moderated. Either you are pro-life or pro-choice. You treasure the second amendment or you don’t. You want the border sealed or you don’t. A large part of the Republican base feels that common ground must be reached on some issues, but not at the expense of the liberties the Right holds dear.
So where to now, Saint Peter? Is moderation going to save the party? The beleaguered Republican operative on TV election night put it this way, “We need to get back to our conservative roots, and stay there.”