I’ve been hearing a lot of analyses about the recent Republican failure being due to a “culture of corruption” amongst Republicans. That’s horse puckey that’s being sold by the MSM. The Dems are equally corrupt (for goodness sake, land grabber Harry Reid is now the leading Democratic Senator), so corruption can’t be the reason voters left the Republicans. They left the Republicans, because Republicans left conservatism. They became Washington political hacks, more concerned with pleasing their congressional colleagues than with pleasing the voters.
And so I think that I’ve found the right song for the GOP in the wake of this election. Although most of the song — a reminscence of 50s rock ‘n roll — is inapposite, I’m convinced that the new GOP song should Ricky Nelson’s “Garden Party” — or at least the first verse and chorus:
I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again
When I got to the garden party, they all knew my name
No one recognized me, I didn’t look the same
But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well.
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself
Conservative voters no longer recognize themselves in Republican politicians. Getting along in Washington, which is a distasteful necessity or the political process collapses, nevertheless shouldn’t mean that politicians abandon the core convictions that got them to D.C. in the first place. The GOP should use the next two wilderness years to recognize that Republicans can’t please everybody — certainly not their Democratic colleagues in Washington — so they’d better start pleasing themselves, which means returning to core values.