Monday, November 8, 2010

The Midterms

The Republicans have so-far picked up an almost unprecedented 60 seats in the House of Representatives. Pending the outcomes of 9 more races, the possibility to pick up around 3 or more very much exists. Does this mean the GOP can rest on its laurels? The answer is: absolutely not.

The GOP should think of the election not only as a rebuttal of Obama and his socialist, extreme left policies, but also of the RINO policies of the previous administration and the batch of Repulicans leading up to 2006. The pundits say that American voters are "hormonal" and "unpredictable." I beg to differ. American voters are pretty consistent: they are consistent in wanting traditional American values, they are consistent in that they don't want the government in their lives, they are consistent in that they like feeling like their politicans care about what they have to say and think, they are consistent in that they don't like special interest groups or special treatment constantly given preferentially to anybody based on any classification other than merit, and lastly, they are consistent in that they believe in second channces. America is, in a way, a land of second chances. This is a mixed blessing, a two-edged sword if you will, for the Republicans, or in fact for anyone running for office: they will just as quickly give the Democrats a second chance if the recently voted-in crop of Republicans and Tea Party candidates let them down. This is why the conservatives in Congress need to act like conservatives. History makes it seem like it's impossible to make people happy as a politician, that it's impossible to succeed. However, this is simnply not the case. Politicians who do what is in the best interest for the majority of their constituency are successful. Politicians who pander to minorities or lobbyists for a few extra votes end up losing the other 90% of their votes. "Special interests" are just that - "special," meaning they preclude the majority of the population. Again, this goes back to people wanting less government intervention. America is a country where people can and should stand on their own. If one student out of 30 fails a class, does the teacher hold the entire class back? Does the teacher redistribute the grades from those students who got A's to the one who failed? No. Plenty of opportunities exist to bring the failing student up to speed, but ultimately, if they don't take advantage of them, they have nobody to blame but themselves. GOP politicians will have nobody to blame but themselves if they f*ck this one up.