Phyllis Schlafly

The Gallup Poll shows that conservatives now outnumber liberals nationwide 40 percent to 21 percent. And self-identified conservatives outnumber self-identified liberals in all 50 states (even in Massachusetts!).

Another lesson we learn from the New York race is that a third party is not the way to go. If there ever were a viable third party, it is the New York Conservative Party, which has had a respectable place on New York ballots for many years, but it still couldn't elect Doug Hoffman.

Conservatives who are in the political game to win must participate in Republican primaries and precinct caucuses and nominate conservatives on the Republican ticket. That route is vastly easier, less expensive and more productive than trying to build a third party.

Other November elections that were happy news for conservatives included the big victory of authentic conservative Bob McDonnell as governor of Virginia (a state that went for Obama in 2008), and the amazing victory of Chris Christie as governor of blue-state New Jersey (despite incumbent Jon Corzine spending $25 million on re-election).

In Pennsylvania, overcoming three-times-as-much spending by the trial lawyers, conservatives elected Republican Judge Joan Orie Melvin to the crucial vacancy on the state Supreme Court. This court had been tied three Democrats to three Republicans and will control redistricting, which could mean the gain or loss of three or four Republicans in Congress.

On Nov. 3, Maine became the 31st state to uphold the traditional definition of marriage by a vote of the people. Maine voters repealed Maine's new state law allowing same-sex marriage.

The pro-homosexual New York Times has sunk into deep depression about what it called "a crushing loss" for the homosexual agenda, which had counted on winning because it spent "far more money" and "geography was on their side" in New England, the most pro-gay section of the country. The gays now fear revival of the pre-Olympia Snowe slogan, "As Maine goes, so goes the nation."

As the old adage reminds us, coming events cast their shadows before them. Conservatives are gearing up with hope for the 2010 congressional elections.

Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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