Like many conservatives, National Review columnist Mark Steyn has been working overtime trying to figure out What Went Wrong on November 6. While filling in on Rush Limbaugh's radio show Monday, Mr. Steyn shared these insights, starting with GOP success in the midterms:
“Republicans can have good years then because essentially they’re low-turnout elections — people who are engaged in politics vote. In the presidential years, people voted — a broader pool of voters comes in, and they’re basically people who swim in the broader culture. They’re not people who know the name of their congressmen or governor, and [they] aren’t terribly interested.”
“The left tells the same stories — there are no bad people out there on the planet. ’There are just friends whose grievances we haven’t yet sufficiently accommodated. That’s what the left tells you. … It’s so easy, because it means you don’t have to think about anything. You just can sit on your porch, strum your guitar, do a little dope, or whatever they do these days. And the world goes on its way.”
“If you just say we’re going to retreat, and we’re just going to discuss getting this or that congressman elected, then the sea that your children swim in and the sea your grandchildren swim in will be liberal, and it will be impossible to elect genuinely conservative candidates."
And as for the Republican Presidential candidate:
“Mitt Romney, who is a good man, an honorable man … fought a small, shriveled campaign. … What was the point of picking Paul Ryan as your running mate and not fighting a big-picture election on where America is? At least then, if we had fought a big picture campaign, we could have at least say we had lost with honor. … The next time, we deserve a candidate who fights a big national campaign on the existential questions facing the United States.”
So, to recap: 1) Republicans win low-turnout midterm elections because Democrats are too lazy and bored and dumb to vote for someone who isn't, ya know, president and famous and stuff.
2) The lesson liberals took away from 9/11 and eight years of Bush/Cheney is that there are no bad people on the planet. This dangerous lethargy is caused by a combination of guitars, dope, porches and presumably customized Chevy vans, shag carpeting and Led Zeppelin.
3) In the future, the sea will be liberal. Our children and grandchildren will swim in it and get liberal all over them.
4) This part seems exactly right.