Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin writes that, despite the crushing GOP losses in yesterday’s elections, “conservatism did not lose.” I agree. The losers were sirens and shriekers like Malkin, those whose only strategy for maintaining power was to whip up a frenzy over a stupid remark by John Kerry in the week leading up to the election.
John Kerry’s late-campaign troop smear galvanized bloggers and talk radio hosts, but it was not strong enough to overcome wider bipartisan voter doubts about Iraq.
“Not strong enough?” or not important enough to outweigh widespread Republican corruption, unstaunchable death and destruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, sordid behavior of elected and unelected leaders in the conservative movement, a thoroughly opaque White House and rampant hypocrisy on “value” issues?
The American people voted on the basis of the latter argument. Malkin’s particular brand of conservatism did lose, and it’s about time.
I’m pulling the plug on email and the Internet for the next two days, but the sass continues next week.