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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Monday, May 15, 2006 :::

Jim Geraghty writes:
I doubted the strategic wisdom of conservatives sitting out this election to "teach Republicans a lesson"; several bloggers have responded.

There are still doubters and skeptics, though. What's really stunning is this absolute certainty of angry conservatives that A) Republicans will learn the right lessons from the defeat, and not, say, respond in a panic by embracing their inner RINO and flailing around for MSM approval and B) that the Republicans can easily win back Congress in 2008, just by stiffening their spines and pledging to return to their conservative roots.

I have my doubts on both counts. For starters, why would Republicans get the message that "we need to be more conservative" in a year that conservatives were knocked out?
His point is that, Chafee notwithstanding, Republicans in close races this year are generally pretty conservative. Conservative voters can't really punish moderate Republicans by sitting on their hands while Santorum, Talent, and Mark Kennedy go down.

::: posted by Steven at 5:29 PM

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