The Corner

I’ll Sort of Miss Chris Shays

David Freddoso suggests a few silver linings. I disagree with this one:

9) Rep. Chris Shays (R., Conn.) finally lost.

Shays was no conservative, of course. His ACU rating was a measly 45 percent. But he got a few things right: He favored the surge in Iraq, free trade, and the Patriot Act. He was the best a conservative could hope for in Connecticut’s fourth district. (No other Connecticut rep has an ACU rating that breaks into double digits.) His loss is a gain for liberalism. It’s sad to see yet another New England Republican go down to defeat. They’re an endangered species, headed to extinction. This is not a trend to cheer.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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