Ever since Barack Obama's election, the mainstream media and liberal commentators have been gleefully proclaiming the death of the Republican Party and predicting it could be revived only with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from "moderates" and RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). The Nov. 3 elections proved that those obituaries, in the famous words of Mark Twain, were "greatly exaggerated."
November's elections showed that the American people are waking up to the economic disasters Barack Obama is inflicting on America. The voters are upset and angry about Obama and his congressional cohorts creating debt for our children and grandchildren that can be paid only by middle class taxes and inflation, taking over whole industries such as health care, and deceiving us with the expensive stimulus bill that creates only government (not private sector) jobs.
Some of the popular homemade signs carried at the tea party rallies said it all: "I love my country, but I don't trust my government."
In the most controversial election on Nov. 3, New York House District 23, Republican Party leaders made the mistake of nominating a pro-abortion, pro-same-sex-marriage, pro-Obama stimulus package and pro-card-check feminist (who ultimately endorsed the Democrat). Then they gave her nearly a million dollars of national Republican campaign funds. Conservatives rebuked the Republican Party by running a real conservative on the Conservative Party ticket, who was then endorsed by a prestigious list of Republicans led by Sarah Palin, Dick Armey, Jim DeMint and the Club for Growth.
The conservative, Doug Hoffman, lost narrowly to the Democrat (who got 49 percent of the vote), but the race taught several valuable political lessons. The road to Republican victory is to nominate a real conservative because the voters absolutely will not accept an appointed liberal, feminist or RINO.
The voters will not be fooled by slogans that we must "broaden the base" of the Republican Party and become more "inclusive" by adopting the other party's positions. Conservative Republicans want to be "inclusive" like Ronald Reagan, and they welcome the tea party people, Joe the Plumber and those who realize that jobs are the big issue today.
The 2009 elections show that conservatives are winning the independents, the same independents who voted for Obama in 2008 and are now disillusioned with his brand of "change." Conservatives can win if they dominate the Republican Party as they did in 1980.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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