Emmett Tyrrell
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WASHINGTON -- They are at it again. They are again telling Republicans and conservatives how dreadful their political condition really is. I am speaking, of course, of the voices of the Kultursmog, and to hear them tell it we are in a hell of a heap. We lost the governorship of Virginia. Even worse, we won the governorship of New Jersey. What dreadful news.

Of course, in Virginia the Republicans lost to a congenital liar, backed by the most famous congenital liars in American politics, the Clintons. It is only a matter of time before he is in deep do-do. Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe's campaign was an amalgam of lies as flagrant as his lie in his memoirs. There, for no reason whatsoever, he lied claiming The American Spectator charged Bill Clinton with ordering "the murder of political opponents." When I asked him about this lie he did not simply shut down or ignore my inquiry. He actually initiated a series of puckish letters to me never admitting that he had lied but constantly caviling with me on some obscure point that he raised. The upshot of our correspondence was that he could never identify where it was that The American Spectator said Clinton had asked people to commit murder. McAuliffe performed similarly against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and if it were not for the fact that he had the funding to outspend Cuccinelli by two to one I have no doubt he would have lost. As it was, once Cuccinelli began tying him to Obamacare, McAuliffe's lead dwindled from double digits to just a margin of 2.5 percent.

In the New Jersey race the Republicans won and with 61 percent of the vote. Yet, according the Kultursmog, they really lost because the victor, incumbent Governor Chris Christie, is a "polarizing force." He offends the tea party, and that means he can never win higher office, for instance, the presidency. But wait a minute. Is not the tea party's major concern the fiscal health of the Republic? It was in 2009 when the tea party was getting started. Back then if a candidate brought up the social issues that candidate was doomed with the tea party, according to the voices of the smog. Well, as Christie told the New York Times this week, "I've cut taxes, cut spending, reformed pensions and benefits. ... My record is my record. I'm proud of it. And it is a conservative record, governing as a conservative in a blue state." As for the dreaded social issues, he is opposed to abortion and to gay marriage, though he called off a legal challenge to gay marriage in October perhaps seeing it as a futile fight. President Barack Obama might do the same with his monstrosity, Obamacare.

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Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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