from our David Kahane’s amanuensis:
1) We got this the old-fashioned way: we earned it. The other side took the fight to us, and we never took the fight to the other side, except coyly and obliquely. That’s not a mistake we should make the next time. “Honorable campaigns” are for losers. Next time, call ‘em as they really are, not as you wish to see ‘em.
2) Where was Bush? Once again, and right to the bitter end, he let his passion for “loyalty” supersede what was stragetically right for the party, not to mention what was best for the country. I think his reputation has nowhere to go but down; yes, he got one big thing right,
but he got everything else wrong. Enough of this family in our
3) Good riddance to Liddy Dole, the woman who gave us the national drinking age of 21 and a host of sozzled underage college students. She won’t be missed.
4) Hillary comes out smelling like a rose, plus unbloodied. She and Bill are already scoping out 2012.
5) Time to clean house. McCain should have been president in 2000, not in 2008. No more “it’s my turn” for the last loser. We need to be looking for our candidates in the ranks of returning war vets — think Eisenhower in ‘52 as the model — and let the Dem’s shifty lawyers run the country for a couple of years. Then hit them across the board with people who know how to lead. Gen. Petraeus might be a good place to start. Lots of junior officers, too.
6) You know what? McCain never did sell himself as a leader. He sold himself as a maverick.
7) One upside: McCain/Feingold is now dead, as is public financing. Talk about being hoist with your own petard!
8) That Gang of 14 thing really worked out well, didn’t it? Say good-bye to the courts. And we were so close…
9) Joe Lieberman was worse than useless. When he could have made a difference, he didn’t cross the aisle to caucus with the Republicans.
Now, it doesn’t matter. Thanks, Joe.
10) Age matters. McCain ran an “honorable campaign” because he never really understood in his heart that the other guy had no intention of doing so; he didn’t “get” Obama’s generation, or Axelrod’s.. Obama would lie about public financing, “oppose” gay marriage but also oppose Prop. 8 and never see it as morally contradictory. The world that McCain understood and operated in is vanishing, and tonight is visible evidence.
11) Unlike the Democrats, let’s show some class in defeat. That doesn’t mean lie down and roll over: it means fighting for what we believe in, doubly so now. But their sneering childishness is not for us; and now that they’ve won, they won’t be able to control it even in victory. This is an unlovely party filled with unlovely people, as America’s about to find out once the Obama pixie dust wears off.
12) Understand, once and for all, that the old media is part of the Democratic Party now. Ignore it. Never send Michele Bachmann onto Hardball again. Never send Sarah to play nice with Katie. We need to develop and create our own work-arounds — Fox, talk radio, NRO, etc. — and use them. Don’t play by their rules: make our own.