Conservatives had other significant successes on Nov. 7. Seven states passed marriage amendments: Tennessee with 81 percent, South Carolina with 78 percent, Idaho with 63 percent, Virginia with 57 percent, South Dakota with 52 percent. Wisconsin, where opponents thought they had the best chance, easily passed its state marriage amendment by 59 percent. Colorado voters were presented with two choices: Colorado passed a traditional marriage amendment by 56 percent and defeated a referendum to legalize same-sex domestic partnerships by 53 percent. We now have 27 states that have passed marriage initiatives with an average majority of about 70 percent.Arizona overwhelmingly passed three amendments limiting taxpayer benefits to illegal immigrants. By 74 percent, Arizona passed an amendment to make English the official language, with half of Hispanic voters approving it.
Eight states passed eminent domain initiatives to mitigate the damage done by the 2005 Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London, Conn. Michigan banned affirmative action despite hysterical opposition from the politically correct universities which had just gotten approval for their race-preference policies from the U.S. Supreme Court.
We lost a few conservative members of Congress, but they didn't lose because they were conservative - they lost in the anti-Bush tide. For example, exit polls show that the visit President Bush made to Missouri to help Sen. Jim Talent a few days before the election actually cost Talent votes because it reminded people how angry they are at Bush. Talent lost by 2 percent.
Conservatives should emphatically reject the advice of the sanctimonious former Missouri Sen. John Danforth, who urged Republicans "to disengage themselves from the Christian right." The only Senate victory Republicans had in 2006 was Bob Corker in Tennessee, who was elected because Christian right voters came to the polls to pass the marriage amendment by 81 percent.
Pro-family conservatives should reassert the integrity of their principled movement, rejecting all financial temptations to be the Bush party or the party of big business. Conservatives should reclaim their majority in the Republican Party by outnumbering and outsmarting false prophets of RINO politics.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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