Jonathan Garthwaite

"Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey…But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb." – Winston Churchill

A good friend directed me to this quote the other day. I was 10 minutes into a rant about where the Republican revolution of 1994 had gone as many of us stuck in DC are prone to do on a dog-day afternoon in August when it was 99 degrees outside with a heat index of 109 degrees.

Analyses of the past 11 years of Republican control of Congress have been mixed in recent months. Even the normally loyal Heritage Foundation has become increasingly critical of Republican spending habits and the creation of new entitlement programs like prescription drug coverage.

A fair number of pundits have even suggested a quasi-suicide-turned-resurrection whereby Republicans lose Congress in 2006 so they can retain the White House in 2008.

No doubt, the nirvana of a government limited to only the enumerated powers in the Constitution, has not materialized, but we must keep our heads in the game and our eyes on the ball.

For me, the Churchill quote was a good smack to the side of my head. It quickly woke me out of my 1994 daydream and back to the challenge, facing us as conservatives in 2006.

The prospect of Democrat control should concern every last one of us. Now is not the time to insist on a conservative heaven-on-earth or nothing at all. Heaven will wait, and meanwhile we have a long battle ahead where progress will be slow at times -- but progress nonetheless.

Fifteen seats is all it would take to lose the House of Representatives, and that wouldn’t be unheard of at all for a midterm election, based on historical trends.

A new effort organized by several conservative Internet activists is attempting to prevent such an electoral disaster and generating a lot of attention and momentum.

Rightroots has picked fourteen conservative House candidates and four conservative Senate candidates according to the belief that “properly funded, these candidates represent our best chance to retain control of Congress and to enact a conservative agenda.” The candidates are as follows:

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Jonathan Garthwaite

Jonathan Garthwaite is General Manager of