The Corner

Advice to Restrictionists

Look, if you want to be serious, you want to win elections, you want to move the debate in your direction substantively, STOP THE WHINING. I’ve been getting kvetchy e-mails all morning from people who seem to think it’s just no fair that Chris Cannon won the primary in Utah. After all, they agree with that Jacob guy and he lost and they didn’t want him to and so something went bad and it’s dirty pool and WAAAAH.

This is Loserville, guys. So is claiming that a defeat is a victory, which is the other theme in my many e-mails. Grow up. This is politics. Lesson One: Not everybody agrees with you, and not everybody who disagrees with you is evil, and a lot of the time you don’t get your way. Try being a conservative in Manhattan or Brooklyn or D.C. or Hyde Park in Chicago (to name every single place I’ve voted since I attained my majority) if you want to know what that’s like.

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