Fire of Liberty
A lot of people in the MSM and the blogs are carrying on about how Iraq led to the defeat of the GOP but in reality it was due to the fact that they turned their backs to the core principles of smaller government, less taxes, and reduced spending that was championed by Reagan and Gingrich. For me, I believe that if you're not going to hewn to the conservatives principles that got you where you are then don't expect those same voters to come out to the polls and vote you back in to keep on doing what you keep on doing wrong. I have to say that Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, pretty much knocks this point out of the park with his most recent piece over at National Review Online. If the GOP doesn't re-organizes its house around these small government roots real soon they could find themselves in the wilderness for an extremely long time. The same goes for the GOP's 2008 nominee(McCain seems to be taking notes).