The Corner

Two Snippets

from official Republican spinners:

The NRCC’s “talking points” includes this line: “The Scandal Factor Was Costly. We lost several seats by the self-inflicted route: AZ-05, CA-11, FL-16, NY-20, NC-11, OH-18, PA-07, PA-10, and TX-22. Note that with the exception of PA-07, all of these are fairly reliable Republican districts.”

And here’s Ken Mehlman on Fox this morning: “”I see three things out of it. First of all, we need to recommit ourselves to our conservative reform principles, that’s very important. We need to try to work where we can on bipartisan basis with democrats. We need to bend over backwards to try to do that while maintaining those conservative reform principles. And I think another thing, the number one issue that was listed is corruption. We need to remember, people that serve whether it’s in the congress or in the government or any level, are people that ought to be about public policy and public service. That ought to be their basis. It ought not to be continuing your power in office but what you are trying to accomplish and what you are trying to reform. If we can focus on those three things then while last night was very difficult for many of us, ultimately we will be stronger and be able to serve the public better because we’ll have learned and grown from it.”

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