But before we come to that, let's recap what Mark Steyn had to say re Scott Brown on the eve of the election:
"To address the election more directly: I loathe what the Democratic Party has done these last few years and I dearly hope that today sees the dethroning of Harry Reid. I would also like to be represented in Washington by someone other than Senator Shaheen and Congresswoman Kuster. Nonetheless, I regard the Republican Party as a largely repulsive institution. Yesterday, one of the last of this season's election flyers arrived at my Post Office from the GOP. It read:
SCOTT BROWN HAS A
STRONG RECORD OF FIGHTING
FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.
SCOTT IS PRO-CHOICE & SUPPORTS
ISSUES IMPORTANT TO WOMEN.
Now Scott Brown is certainly "pro-choice", as is his right. It hasn't been a big part of his campaign - he got a lot of traction from immigration, and from Jeanne Shaheen's abysmal debate performances - and realistically, whatever one feels about abortion, today's election results won't make a whit of difference on the issue. Still, I'd have no objection to Mr Brown sending out campaign literature bragging about his position.
But this flyer came from the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.
The official position of the State Committee is that it is opposed to abortion. You can read the platform here:
We believe that life is sacred, from conception to natural death and that we cannot diminish the value of one category of human life without diminishing the value of all human life.
In addition the NH GOP is committed to...
Support the unborn child's fundamental right to life and implement all possible legal protections
Encourage individuals and organizations who provide alternatives to abortion by meeting the needs of mothers through adoption, support, counseling and educational services
Now maybe that's all squaresville, uptight social-conservative stuff, and not where the party needs to be in 2014. Nevertheless, it's the official position, and the base has been disinclined to change it. So when a pro-life State Committee sends out leaflets boasting about being pro-choice, they're telling you that those two bolded words "we believe" are meaningless when uttered by a New Hampshire Republican official. Why would what they claim to "believe" on Obamacare or debt or foreign policy be any more reliable? When a man tells you his word is bullsh*t, take him at it.
More revealingly, look at how the State Committee characterizes Brown's position: The candidate is "pro-choice" and "supports issues important to women". That's Democrat framing: Opposition to abortion is part of the Republican war on women, etc. Furthermore, being "pro-choice" is evidence that Brown "has a strong record of fighting for what is right". So it's not just a policy dispute or a matter of personal conscience on which people of good faith can disagree. Being "pro-choice" is "what is right" - which presumably means being pro-life is what is wrong.
This is what the supposedly pro-life Republican Party is mailing its base on the eve of a low-turnout midterm election."
As much as it pleased me that the Democrats in general got a whipping the day before yesterday, I also saw some poetic justice in Scott Brown losing to Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire. May it remind Mr Brown of the sound principle that you can't have a cake and eat it too.
Now for Bill Whittle's top 5 conservative principles:
Viewing this video should be compulsory for every Republican.
Because as impressive as the GOP win on November 4 was, we should NOT forget that Tuesday's vote was not so much pro-GOP as it was anti-Obama. The GOP almost won despite itself. I have compared many a Republican candidate with his or her Democratic counterpart and am sorry to say there often wasn't much difference. What caused the red wave was finally sufficient people having ENOUGH of the lazy, lying, cheating woolhead occupying, in the most litteral sense of the world, the White House. Had there been even a moderately successful, halfway decent Democratic president in office, it might well have been a blue wave instead of a red one.
I hate to sound pessimistic, but let's say that I am convinced that the RINOs haven't learned jack shit. They have learned NOTHING. In fact, I fear that the greatest danger facing America now is that the GOP's less visible Scott Browns will feel justified to go on like they did until now - trying to be more democrat than their opponents.
It is up to pundits like Bill Whittle and the many, many decent writers and thinkers over at Hot Air, American Thinker, Townhall, Breitbart et al to keep up the pressure and to remind the GOP daily of what Real Conservatism is like...
... and that in proudly and unapologetically upholding the Core Conservative Principles lies the true road to success.