The moral of the story is to grow a moral spine. Stop worrying about the "politics". Do what you know is right. Cut Spending. Pay down debt. Shutter non-critical government services. You won't get credit no matter what you do - the political game is completely rigged against Conservatives. So forget about the name calling, rededicate yourself to core values and principles and plow ahead. Playing the game with the rules set by liberals is what will continue to slowly erode the Conservative power base. You don't gain leftists but you do lose Conservatives when you pander to the left.