Several months ago, I experienced a slight sensation of nausea and recall feeling that we were set to lose this election. It was shortly after Todd Akin made his excruciatingly idiotic comments about "legitimate" rape, and a heretofore unknown capability of women to effect an autonomic abortion in such circumstances. The situation compelled me to write an article on Redstate.com, called, "Shut up Shutting up" imploring fellow conservatives to put down social issues in this cycle and focus on the main issue people cared about, the economy.
My piece and subsequent discussion on the topic was so well recieved that it quickly ended my 3 year relationship with Redstate.com - I was banned from the site for supposedly being a "comments bully." (Those of you who know how I conduct myself in forums can arrive at your own judgments, since Redstate took the original thread down). Many of the comments in response to my article were strident, claiming that I was arrogantly telling others to put their principles aside, and worse, that I was squelching their voice on these important social issues and infringing on their free speech. The general sentiment (along with my banishment) was a refusal to take my advice, and a vow to hold Romney or any other elected official's feet to the fire on pro-life and other social issues with zeal.
Last Wednesday morning, those strident social conservatives woke up in the same America I did, one which re-elected Barack Obama for the next four years. And Claire McKaskill. And Joe Donnelly. My guess is they won't have much luck holding any of their feet to the fire on their dear issue.
What's sad about the McKaskill and Donnelly wins is that in both cases, the GOP should have taken those seats. And the same could be said for the seat Sharon Angle failed to take. And the seat Christine O'Donnel failed to take. In the process, these candidates and their supposed conservative purity have sidelined our objectives and hurt the prospects of freedom for all Americans by putting more seats in Democrat hands. All these losses add up, as evidenced by the 53-45-2 Dem-GOP-Ind senate makeup as a result of the latest elections.
Bear in mind that 2012's exit polls show that not only did single women go overwhelmingly for Obama (by a whopping 36 point margin per Fox News), but also evangelical participation in the election was down and a sizeable portion of them voted Obama in any case. Obama won in 2012 with about the same number of votes that McCain achieved in his loss to Obama in in 2008. Much has been made about courting Hispanics, but pandering is contrary to the ideals of conservatism, and I have strong doubts that such advances would be well received in any case. Sure, Marco Rubio should still be considered a front-runner for 2016, mainly because of his eloquence and ability to convey conservative arguments. And we should pursue a more amnesty-friendly agenda as well. But don't expect either of these steps to increase Latino share any more than Condi Rice or Alan West have helped our cause with the Black vote.