Yesterday Terry McAuliffe was, thankfully, annihilated in the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial primary. With huge name recognition and a reputation as a bitter partisan liberal, he took only 26 percent of the vote in a three-way race. The most conservative Dem in the race, Deeds, won with 50 percent.
What’s interesting to me is that the story gets covered as “Democrats in Virginia move to the center” and there’s the suggestion, even in the right-leaning Fox News, that Republicans ought to do the same.
Who decided that the possible “directions” in which a party can move are centerward and outward. Wouldn’t it make more sense to say that voters in the Democratic primary were clearly moving to the right and that Republicans ought to pay attention and offer a strong, principled conservative voice?
With the left in control of all the levers of power in Washington, Americans are getting a clear, unvarnished view of the type of havoc wreaked when you expose the world’s most vibrant economy to management by Chris Dodd, Barney Frank and GM Board Chairman Barack “never ran a business before” Obama. There has not, in recent memory, been a more opportune time for principled conservatives to stand up and describe why reducing the intrusion of government in people’s lives leads inexorably to more prosperity for everyone.
People are already demonstrating that they want a choice, and that the change BO is bringing is not what they had in mind when they voted for him. The right should give people that choice, not converge on mediocrity at the political center. I think we saw in the 2008 race that if the only choices are a Republican liberal and a Democrat liberal, the Dem’s going to inspire more excitement. The pendulum is swinging, as it always does. Let’s not meet them in the middle.