Un­usual at­ti­tude

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“A post­elec­tion stay in the cool, cloudy cap­i­tal re­veals a sober Repub­li­can Party at­tempt­ing ev­ery day in con­ver­sa­tions through­out Capi­tol Hill a ran­cor-free anal­y­sis of why the party lost, and in a way that was so killingly close and yet bru­tally de­ci­sive,” Peggy Noo­nan writes at www.opin­ionjour­nal.com.

“There is a gen­eral sense the loss was not un­de­served — this is an un­usual at­ti­tude for run­ners just back from the race — and that it was not so much a vote for some­thing as against some­thing: them. And roil­ing, rud­der­less Iraq. And an un­pop­u­lar pres­i­dent,” Miss Noo­nan said.

“There is a sense the na­tion’s cul­ture and pol­i­tics are and have been chang­ing, shift­ing, and agree­ment that the elec­tion was not a re­align­ing one, but could yet prove to be if, among other things, Repub­li­cans fail to step back, re­find and re­think their phi­los­o­phy, style, pri­or­i­ties and mean­ing. They must de­velop a con­ser­vatism that speaks for and to the times. And stop be­ing pigs — i.e., ear­mark­ing ca­reerists who started with be­lief and wound up with hunger.

“As for Democrats, they have a unique op­por­tu­nity, one they haven’t had in 14 years, to re­de­fine for the pub­lic what their party is. It is their chance to change their pub­lic la­bel. Now, with the cam­eras of the coun­try trained on Capi­tol Hill, they can throw off the old bag­gage of the 1960s and ‘70s and erase the car­toon ver­sion of their party, which is cul­tur­ally rad­i­cal, weak in its de­fense of Amer­ica, prof­li­gate, McGover­nite, bit­terly de­voted to the de­mands of its groups as op­posed to the needs of Amer­ica.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@wash­ing­ton­times.com.

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