The Real Reason….

Has Bush lost his spine on earmarks? –

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Public anger over earmarks cost Republicans their majority in Congress in 2006,

The 2006 election has become all things to all people.

1. The GOP lost because of anger over earmarks.
2. The GOP lost because of anger over Foley and sexual corruption.
3. The GOP lost because of anger over Iraq.
4. The GOP lost because of Bush’s unpopularity in general.
5. The GOP lost because disgruntled conservatives stayed home.
6. The GOP lost because of dissatisfaction with congress in general.

So, which is it?

Frankly, I’ve seen very little hard analysis that validates any of these positions.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


The Real Reason…. — 6 Comments

  1. I suspect it’s a little of all. But where’s illegal immigration in this list? I sent no money in 2006 because of that one issue. If the Dems had put up a decent candidate in 2004 I may have gone with it because I hated how Bush was fighting the war. Todays’ surge is how we should have started. And then got tougher.

  2. The GOP lost in 2006 because, I would contend, all of the above plus more…much, MUCH more…

    They lost, basically, because they had lost track of what originally made them winners only a few years before – namely, that it’s not enough to be able to say “I’m different from The Other (Party) Guy”; you have to really mean it, and THEN, you have to really do it.

    If the only difference is between Rethuglicans and Democraps – there is no difference – in which case, why not elect the guys who at least are what they say they are, and don’t try to claim that they’re something different, then fail to pay off on that…

    Ah, well…to borrow a phrase from ol’ Newton Minow, politically, I see before me a vast wasteland…

    Unless some sort of Jovian political thunderbolt occurs, the Elephumps are gonna likely take it in the neck again this Fall – they haven’t yet, it appears, learned the lesson they need to learn in order to be winners again – I don’t know that they ever will.

    I think, beginning next November, the next four years (possibly, the next eight years) are going to be a very long and dreary time.

  3. My take on why the GOP lost. The media is liberal. So whenever the GOP acts like the Dems. the media reports it, and the public hates the corruption and abuse of power. Of course the media doesn’t report the same abuse when the Dems do it, so they come off cleaner. The only route for the GOP is to be like Caesar’s wife. And than stand for something, like conservative principles.

  4. Oh, I knew what you meant, Haverwilde. I was being sardonic.

    Publius Clodius “Pubic Clots” Pulcher* attempted to seduce Pompeia. Julius “Every Woman’s Man, Every Man’s Woman” Caesar declined to testify in the politically powerful man’s trial (for sacrilege; he’d entered a women-only ceremony) and instead divorced his wife for what Clod had done and she couldn’t prove she hadn’t done.

    * Possibly the root of “pulchritude”. Quick web search didn’t clarify. Little help, Nemo?

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