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Is the Republican Landslide a Realignment of Political Stars?

In Strategery, The Wrong Right Turn on 23/10/2010 at 15:59

Okay, Karl Rove has marked her off as a nutcake, Charles Krauthammer is citing the Buckley rule, and almost no one believes that Christine O’Donnell can recover in Delaware, with less than two weeks to go. And that may well be the case.

But Delawareans are missing the chance of a lifetime to rid themselves of the Joe Biden-style failed liberalism that has made their state all but irrelevant over the last 30 years. This week’s debate between O’Donnell and über-lefto Chris Coons should tell them that.

When O’Donnell asked Chris Coons to show her where the separation of church and state exists in the Constitution, the audience howled and scoffed. The next day she was excoriated in the media. What a dunce. Of course it exists.

But ironically, this is the essence of what is wrong with the Republican Party in this country. Most Republicans in Washington today have been so backed into the conservative closet that they would have cowed to Coons suggestion that the constitution doesn’t provide the right to religion in the public square. They would have danced and zigged and zagged and parsed words—anything to avoid saying that prayer in schools is constitutional.

Ms. O’Donnell did none of the above. She stood up. And the crowd’s reaction was a clear reflection of the damage the media and academia have done in the 40 years they have been left unchecked by the public. Hence we now have the Lindsey Grahams and John McCains and Olympia Snows who are no more Republican than Hillary Clinton. (In John McCain’s case: You are what you raise, buddy.

The country is about to make a hard right turn, and, oddly enough, the Republican Party seems to be the last to understand the reasons for it. The old-school party thinkers like Michael Steele have chalked O’Donnell off as unelectable in Delaware, when they should be sending a boatload of cash. They are still bogged down in archaic partisan strategies and the black-tie politics of the past. Even Eric Cantor sounds old, trying to identify with the Tea Party.

Cynical, you say? Probably, but I can’t help but remember Bob Dylan’s words: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” I believe in two years John Boehner will be toast and a whole new crop of young energetic, conservative Republicans will be readying themselves to be sworn in, in Washington. In other words, it doesn’t end here, with O’Donnell’s likely defeat in Delaware.

The Republican Party is looking for control this November; the people are looking for change. That is why over 50 percent of the public took a chance on Obama. But, of course, Obama turned out to be a 1960s radical throwback. Real change constitutes a reversal of the ideas that got us into this mess to begin with. The Progressive ideas the Republican Party has reluctantly but by and large given into for the last 50 years.

If you are under 50, you probably haven’t a clue of what I’m talking about, but look up your grandmother. Ask her what it was like when gas was 30 cents-a-gallon and a movie didn’t cost a fortune. Ask her how it was before gay rights, abortion and outrageous taxation brought on but a bloated federal bureaucracy.

November 2 will not be an end to O’Donnell or many others like her. It is the housewives and plumbers and the people who actually had to work their way through school who will take back this country.

So what may seem like a Republican landslide next month may in fact be a realignment of political stars in Washington, and it hopefully won’t end until the scoundrels who are running it now are gone.

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