The blame game has begun after the GOP defeat in the Presidential race and loss of congress. While some anonymous (read cowardly) McCain campaign workers with the help of liberal media continue to try to hang the blame around Palin’s neck, the real reason is that the Republicans governed like Democrats in many ways. Federal spending was extreme over the last eight years and not until Democrats took control in 2006 did Republicans move back to that as a talking point but they could never bring themselves to get rid of earmarks and other extravagant spending.
John McCain made a big deal of “suspending” his campaign to fix the financial meltdown only to vote for the Wallstreet Bailout thus showing himself to be no different. Voter turnout was not a record percentage after all. With more registered voters than four years ago we had a higher number but the percentage of almost 62% was about the same as 2004. In fact it appears that conservatives in significant numbers simply stayed home.
As Dick Morris says, if John McCain had voted against the bailout Americans who were against government intrusions would have believe that McCain was genuine in his rhetoric. Alas he was not.
Greg Muller is right to say that the GOP should work with conservative Democrats in Congress to oppose the expected far left proposals from the Congress and President Obama to prove to the American people that they are truly conservative in deed as well as word. Otherwise its going to be a long four years.