Nov 8, 2006

Democratic conservatives

Michelle Malkin says conservatives prevailed, even though Republicans lost.
"San Francisco values" may control the gavels in Congress, but they do not control America. Property rights initiatives limiting eminent domain won big. MCRI, the anti-racial preference measure, passed resoundingly. Congressman Tom Tancredo, the GOP's leading warrior against illegal immigration--opposed by both the open-borders Left and the open-borders White House--won a fifth term handily. Gay marriage bans won approval in 3 states. And as of this writing, the oil tax initiative, Prop. 87--backed by deep-pocketed Hollywood libs, is trailing badly in California.

Rod Dreher says the Democratic future is in social conservatism and economic populism. With the election of Casey in Pennsylvania and the probable election of Webb in Virginia, he may be right.
For the Republicans, E.J. Dionne is right: there is no coherent governing philosophy there. There's going to be all kinds of discussions and arguments among Republicans after tonight, trying to put the coalition back together. How economically populist can they afford to go?

I happen to despise economic populism above most everything. Is this what it will take for the GOP to win again? Will the Dems start pushing a socially conservative agenda? And if they do, what becomes of their elite blue state base? Who will be left to sneer at the Christian right?

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