We basically deserved this. Scandals, complacancy, a leadership that was out of step with our own voters, a president who I like but has not communicated well, and the fact its been 12 years since we won the first time and we've gotten away from it. Its time for Republicans in Congress to reevaluate and bring in a fresh, new leadership. Men like Mike Pence and John Shadegg, conservatives who emphasis fiscal sanity and not social wars, should be elevated. Dennis Hastert, John Boehner, and Debroah Pryce need to be moved along. In the Senate, Mitch McConnell is poised to take over, and thast fine with me.
In Virginia, George Allen went from presidential material towards jobless. I don't think a recount will put him over. Senator James Webb, get use to it. Congrats to him and all his supporters. Truly an incredible run. This election, however, was a disgrace on both sides. And the blogoshere especially should feel ashamed about the way we all behaved. Allen's biggest mistake was not trusting his Virginia team and bringing Dick Wadhams. His lose, howvever, might give Republicans a peek into how to win statewide again, given he's barely lost. But its clear that the old fiery conservative cannot win in Virginia anymore. Republicans need to turn to Republcians like Tom Davis and Bob McDonnell for leadership. As in the national party, the RPV needs to be purged. '01, '05, and now '06. Kate Griffin has done nothing to help us.
In the end, this lose could be the best thing that ever happened to the Republican party. We've gotten fat and lazy, and have forgotten the Spirit of '94 that won us the majority. Instead of working towards balanced budges and limited governemnt, we have spent and spent in pork projects and federal deficits.
Histoty is always the great equalizer. The pendulam swings one way, and now another. The ultimate winner might just be . . . Senator John McCain.