Thursday, November 10, 2005

What Have We Learned?

The NJ election is providing ample fodder for MSM theory mill - which generally touts the results as both Democrat mandates and the beginning of the end of Republican Congressional control. It may very well signal the end of Republican majorities, but it is certainly not a Democrat mandate. To understand what it all means, all one needs to do is look at voter turn-out. Not only did independents stay home, but Republicans didn't even turn out for Forester. Why not? Because he was an unremarkable one-trick-pony who was incapable of energizing the base and he refused to articulate on issues that are important to that base. Unlike NJ Republicans, NJ Democrats vote party over principal every time and this is a winning combination when Republicans field weak candidates (Forester) or deny party support to strong ones (Schundler). No, the NJ (and Virginia) elections weren't Democrat mandates: they were Republican mandates. Signals to the party that if they don't get it together on the issues (War On Terror, immigration, spending, tax reform, etc.) and go on the offensive against militant socialist Democrats in Congress, they can expect big looses in '06 and '08. I'm not optimistic...