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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.

Stockholm Syndrome herstConservatives 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.



  1. Anonymous

    January 30th, 2013

    Yep, if you don’t address the obvious fraud there is absolutely no point in discussing anything else.
    No one with any radio or TV influence discussed the fraud after the election.

    Barnhardt nailed it. We live in lawless times. The Republic is toast.

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  2. Anonymous

    January 30th, 2013

    At this point, dear IOTW readers, If you are “Republican this…Democrat that”, you are truly low information consumers.

    None of politicians are helping us. It’s ALL kabuki theater.

    Put your “hope” away and face the new reality.

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  3. Dan Ryan Galt

    January 30th, 2013

    The empty shelves at gun stores and the out of stock signs on sites that sell firearms should tell you that some of us are paying attention.

    We are running out of options.

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  4. thirdtwin

    January 30th, 2013

    I remember a tough young airman who stood up to his captors in the Hanoi Hilton, aiding his fellow prisoners and getting tortured for his troubles. What could the slimy, cowardly Dems possibly do that would be worse? What does he have to lose by fighting back now? What happened to the man who drew strength from enraging his captors?

    Anyway, so long John. If anybody deserves to ride the clock, it is you. But please don’t get in the way of guys like Rand Paul who still have some fight in them.

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  5. Left Coast Dan

    January 30th, 2013

    We also somehow ran the only guy in the world who had created the equivalent of 0bamacare. How did that happen? And his unwillingness to recognize how awful it has been was a huge blow against any business sense he could convey. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968304578249694095831444.html

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  6. Remember 2014?

    January 30th, 2013

    We won big in 2014. What more do you want.
    The press is on the liberal side, Im shocked we ever win.

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  7. VaGal

    January 30th, 2013

    Exactly!!! Fraud. And not just at the voting machines. As long as we pretend otherwise, nothing will change. Those who question it are given the “birther” treatment.

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  8. 2014? crap

    January 30th, 2013

    I guess I can’t do two things at once.

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