Erick Erickson at Redstate:
These are exciting times for the conservative movement. But the conservative movement must get up and lead now — lead with conservative ideas for the GOP, not a Republican agenda packaged as conservative. We must begin again anew talking conservatism as evangelists, not fellow travelers. We must remember we are not in a permanent decline, but a cycle of politics that is only permanent if we let it be.
Our think tanks must stop producing white papers designed to woo donors and must produce ideas designed to persuade voters to limited government.
Yup. It really does go back to having conservatives take the Establishment out. Out of office - on both sides. This is why the Tea Party rose up in the first place.
Rush Limbaugh: Why did 3 million Republicans stay home?
CALLER: Well, Rush, the last four years, for example, every time the debt ceiling was hit, the Republicans, unfortunately, voted to raise it again. We need to get conservative Republicans in Washington. And if the Republican Party wants the vote, the support of conservatives like myself, they've gotta get conservatives to run. If they don't want to win the White House, if they don't want to control Washington, then just keep doing what they're doing.
RUSH: So you engaged in a protest vote, essentially, and you did so in sufficient numbers that you have secured the reelection of somebody truly destructive of the traditional, as founded, American way of life. How do you live with that? (...)
RUSH: If there's a 70% chance of curing your cancer, but you hold out for a hundred percent, is that what you would do? Or would you go for the 70% chance? Takes all kinds.
As Ann Coulter wrote yesterday, the purists are destroying any hope we have. Until we get rid of the Establishment entirely, that is. Rush also pointed out the Establishment is most definitely NOT getting the message that the GOP base wants more conservative candidates.
Mark Tooley at American Spectator
Whatever the reasons for Mitt Romney's defeat and Barack Obama's victory, it cannot be faulted on traditional religious voters, who seem to have voted in force. (...)That's huge relief to me, as a Mormon. Christian religious votes were up for Romney across the board! Even though Romney lost, even evangelicals aren't scared of Mormons anymore, or at least they know enough not to be scared of voting for them. Wahoo!
[Christian Coalition Cheif Ralph] Reed himself, who convened a post-election D.C. press conference, was more sweeping. "This election was a tale of two cities," he said. "Evangelicals and faithful Catholics turned out in large numbers and voted overwhelmingly for religious liberty, the sanctity of life and marriage, and limited government." But he regretted: "Younger voters and minorities turned out in even larger numbers in 2008 and delivered Obama to victory." Searching for good news, he said many of the young people and minority groups like Hispanics who ensured Obama's victory are "people of faith" who might respond to conservative appeals.
John Nolte at Breitbart:
The good news is that we won’t be caught off guard again and that all this talk from the media about how we're now living in a liberal America just isn't true. We lost a tactical race Tuesday night not an ideological one.
The President doesn't have a mandate because he didn’t run on a platform. He ran on David Axelrod's divisive tactics, David Plouffe's distraction tactics, and Jim Messina's metrics.
Election-day Survey:The polls told us this was working. We didn’t listen. That won't happen again.
The Breitbart News Network and Judicial Watch partnered with Public Opinion Strategies to conduct an election night survey that included 800 respondents contacted by land line (70%) and cell phone (30%). The partisan breakdown was D+3, within the margin of national exit polls, which suggested a D+6 electorate. The margin of error was 3.46%.The results from key points asked in this study:
Voters’ responses suggest that the American public agrees with conservative policies--but does not trust the Republican Party to implement them.
- Majority dislikes big government.
- Voters feel big government leads to more corruption.
- Voters trust neither the Democrats nor Republicans in dealing with corruption.
- Voters overwhelmingly distrust the media.
- Majority support conservative ideas on immigration.
- Voters in every demographic support Voter ID laws.
In sum, voters agree with conservatives on the issues.Benny Johnson at The Blaze:
As Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, said:
“The electorate is closely divided on who our nation's political leadership should be. But there is strong voter support for core conservative values: limited, honest and transparent government; the rule of law approach to illegal immigration; and strong election integrity measures, namely voter ID."
Larry Solov, CEO and President of Breitbart News Network, said of the poll results:
“It appears the Republican Party has failed to convince voters it is a better vehicle for their conservative values and policy preferences. The problem is bigger than the challenge of winning elections. It requires a significant re-branding of the Republican Party for a new era.”
To any conservative wondering where they went astray this cycle, observe the religious-like conviction of the voters here when rattling off liberal talking points. But beyond the rhetoric, how much do these eager voters know about our American government? Just a few questions, then: How many Senators are there? How many Congressmen? Supreme Court Justices? Who is Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? Can you name an amendment to the Constitution?
The answers inform. Was this election really a rebuke of conservatism and its principles? Or was it a function of the masterful marketing of emotions, niche issues and yes, even revenge? Judging by what you’re about to observe, the answer seems pretty obvious: [video, follow the link above to watch it]
In conclusion, even though most Americans identify with conservative ideals, we can't trust the Establishment in either party to do anything we want. We're not going to see Voter ID laws. We're not going to see corruption addressed or tax reform or wasteful government spending. We're not going to see any changes in the Establishment of either party unless we vote out all Establishment politicians! This is a prime opportunity to educate Americans about how we can band together to make this happen. In essence, a large majority of us (at least 70% according to the survey) identify with the Tea Party movement (and the libertarian movement is related), though most of us don't know it, thanks to the complicit media.
UPDATE: A Breitbart Exclusive details the collapse of the Romney campaign's GOTV program on Election Day. Read the comments too.