There's no way to know for sure how many new Republicans are going to end up in D.C. as a result of this year's election, but we can be sure that there is going to be one hell of a lot of them. While that's certainly a step in the right direction, we saw far too many Republicans in the Bush years who were seduced by the siren song of the liberal media, tempted by the lure of power, and confused by the swamp gas in the D.C. bubble.
Today, some of those same people are comforting themselves by pretending that the problem was that the country was snookered by Barack Obama. Yes, Obama and the Democrats had to lie to get elected. Yes, the country has now seen them for the socialists that they are and, yes, the country has rejected their agenda.
However, the fact of the matter is that the people don't like or trust the Republican Party either -- and they shouldn't. The GOP did a TERRIBLE job during the Bush years and in all honesty, the party richly deserved to be clobbered in 2006 and 2008. Granted, the Democrats may have done an even worse job over the last couple of years than the GOP did during the Bush years, but the American people are tired of being asked to choose between the lesser of two evils. The variations on the "We're not quite as mediocre as the other guys" campaign slogans have gotten really old and tired over the last few years.
That's the real reason why third rate mediocrities like Lisa Murkowski, Mike Castle, Dede Scozzafava, Arlen Specter, Bob Inglis, Bob Bennett, and Charlie Crist have been rejected by the conservative grassroots. A candidate with an (R) beside his name may be more likely to do the right thing than a candidate with a (D) beside his name, but the Tea Parties have now served notice that an (R) alone isn't enough to merit their support.
So, what do conservatives want? They want to see ethical conservative leadership from politicians who listen to the people and have the courage of their convictions. They also want to see Republicans in D.C. who will live and die by these principles:
Honest, ethical, clean government is job one: Even if you set aside doing the right thing and looking out for the country, stringent ethics rules help Republicans more than Democrats. Because Democrats are less judgmental, less critical of each other, and because their liberal pals in the press look out for them, the Dems tend to have a lot more crooks, sleazebags, and perverts in their ranks than the GOP does. So, if we ramp the ethics rules all the way up to the maximum, not only will it help bring back honest government, it will help turn the corruption that riddles the Democratic Party against them.