By Matt Purple at American Spectator
Post-election hand-wringing goes on and on and on and…
Tucker Carlson once wrote that it’s the duty of the political majority to torment the minority.
He’s right, of course, and since the 2012 election, watching Democrats torture Republicans is reminiscent of Le Chiffre finally getting his hands on Bond, or one of the more sanguinary scenes from 24. Turn on MSNBC these days and you’ll see a non-stop metronome of post-Romney Republican flogging. You want this to stop?! Then pander to Hispanics! Give up on entitlements! It’s enough to send you thumbing through the Geneva Conventions.
Conservatives ought to be weathering the pain and dismissing it as a short-term problem. Instead many are succumbing to Stockholm Syndrome, taking the flagellations personally and wondering if their captors have a point. Certain conservative quarters are starting to sound like political strategy shops, fretting over which principles to jettison so they can win an election and make the abuse stop.
Forget the Resurrection or American Founding or French Revolution. For these commentators, the formative historical moment for conservatives is now the 2012 election. Republicans (narrowly) lost; therefore the right must charter a new course and make its ship sleeker. So cast overboard the constitutionalist cargo and roll back the culture war cannons. The intellectual tradition of Burke and Kirk, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, John Adams and Adam Smith, Taft and Coolidge and Goldwater and Reagan, must come to a bracing halt. Because Republicans lost an election.
This is such spectacularly bad logic that it’s tough to know where to begin. Let’s start with the fact that the right’s Democrat tormentors don’t want a legitimate opposition party. They want a single Democratic Party, in agreement so it can pass its agenda.
Read it here.
It was just an election that was rife with fraud. What we should be focusing on is rooting out the fraud, not ‘changing’ who we are to appeal to the low information voter.