I DON'T FALL IN LOVE with politicians – the last presidential candidate I voted for with ardor was Ronald Reagan in 1980 – and my heart doesn't break when those I support don't win. Nor am I a party loyalist. As a conservative I vote for Republicans more often than not; for those of us committed to free enterprise, limited government, military strength, and a healthy civil society, there is usually no better option. But the Republican Party isn't the conservative movement. And a GOP defeat doesn't mean conservatism – or the GOP, for that matter – is in crisis....
My mother always voted Republican, casting her first vote for Wendell Willkie in 1940. Her last vote -- and I know it, since I had to assist her -- was for Bush 43 in 2004. My father tended to vote Republican -- his first vote was also for Willkie, his last for Bush 43 -- but he was more skeptical than Mom of party loyalty. Dad said that the problem with Republicans was that they always caved in, usually for paltry remuneration. If you want to get something done, vote Democratic. If you distrust politicians and don't want to get anything done, then vote Republican and hope that one or two of them will be men of their word.
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