November 4, 2004

THE ONLY ONES MORE STUNNED THAN DEMOCRATS ARE PALEOS:

Democratic disaster (Robert Novak, November 4, 2004, Townhall)

No wonder that John Kerry, after conferring at his Boston mansion with Ted Kennedy in the wee hours Wednesday morning, did not immediately concede the election to George W. Bush before giving up nine hours later. Remote though his chance was of turning around the crucial outcome in Ohio, it seemed to provide a frail final chance of averting total disaster for the Democratic Party.

The devastation of Tuesday's returns cannot be minimized. The transformation of the "Solid South" from Democrat to Republican was completed. Not only were all 11 states of the old Confederacy carried by President Bush, but the pickup of all five Senate seats left vacant by retiring Democrats means 18 of the region's 22 senators are Republican. Domination of Congress by the GOP now enters its second decade with Democrats largely restricted to enclaves on both coasts and some Midwestern industrial areas.

Democrats confront a grim future. Bush's 3.5-million-vote edge in the popular vote reflects a party out of touch with the country on social issues, the role of government and the war against terrorism. Democrats face the bitter reality of minority party status and what to do about it.

Facing reality is difficult because of unjustified confidence among high-level Democrats.


Of course, the irony is that Mr. Novak believed them. The Old Right has to face the reality that isolationism and nativism took a licking Tuesday too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2004 8:37 AM
Comments

The paleo-conservatives tried to have a meeting but it's very difficult to have a cross burning in a phone booth.

Posted by: Bart at November 4, 2004 10:21 AM

Orrin:

Although I am more closed borders than I am open borders, I must admit that the support the President received from hispanics will make it much more difficult for the closed borders agenda.

Posted by: Vince at November 4, 2004 12:48 PM
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