The Corner

Dionne Sets the Standard

E. J. Dionne Jr. writes in today’s Washington Post: “Republican gains next week are inevitable. But if Senate candidates on the right end of Republican politics lose [in Pennsylvania] and in most of the other states they are contesting (Colorado, Wisconsin, Alaska, Kentucky and Nevada), conservatives will have trouble claiming this election as an ideological mandate and a sign that the country had moved well to the right of where it was two years ago.” So if those conservative candidates win in most of those states, will Dionne call the election an ideological mandate and a sign that the country has moved right? Because I think they will.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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