Government Watch / Politics

Post Wave Fail: No Despair Because No Permanently Lost Causes 

AMAC Exclusive – By David P. Deavel

election

The red wave that many of us (this writer included) anticipated with glee arrived with all the force of a leaky squirt pistol. As I write, it looks as though the Democrats might keep their thin majority in the Senate while the Republicans are likely to get a thin majority in the House. Disappointing? Certainly. Infuriating? Absolutely. Cause for despair? Not in the least. It is, however a cause for some serious thinking and rethinking about how we go about the political task of getting this country back on track.

Indeed, the postmortem blame game has begun on our side of the aisle. And there is plenty to go around. Did Donald Trump’s unconventional candidates have something to do with it in certain races? Most likely, though the attempt to pin this all on him seems a bit too convenient for the GOP establishment. After all, establishment GOP candidates such as Joe O’Dea in Colorado did no better (and in some cases worse) than the MAGA figures. And apart from some of the House GOP offering the outline of a positive agenda, the establishment offered little in the way of a forward-looking program. “Republicans just said, ‘Well, the other side sucks, and Biden sucks,’” Missouri Senator Josh Hawley observed. “Well, no doubt! But it’s pretty hard to convince folks, particularly independent-minded ones who don’t tend to trust the process much, to vote for you, if you don’t have something affirmative to say and offer.”

Too often the positive agenda had less to do with the American people and more to do with making sure what Hawley calls “Washington Republicanism” stayed that way. Even if he didn’t like the Trumpier candidates, Mitch McConnell’s messing about with the elections in Alaska while pulling funding from a close Senate race in Arizona is emblematic of the problems of the Republican leadership class. Too many of them seem unable to see that however they judge Trump, much of what he stands for is the way of the present and future for their party. With McConnell, it meant contributing to the losses. There’s a reason why a number of Senators and Representatives have pressed the brakes on the election of leaders for the next Congress.

These hard conversations have to happen. So too the conversations about what Republicans are going to do about making sure elections are run fairly and squarely. Surely one big reason Florida actually saw a red wave last week had to do with the fact that after the hanging chad fiasco of 2000, there has been a steady improvement in the voting process all the way into this year. The Sunshine State counted their votes in hours. Arizona, where machines broke down only in red enclaves in Maricopa County, is now predicted to announce final results simultaneously with the Last Judgment. Meanwhile, blue outposts in red states such as Harris County (Houston), Texas, experienced the same dodgy chaos on voting day. Noteworthy is that the places with the most election day chaos had been sent federal “election monitors,” while Florida rejected them.

We also have to talk about early and mail-in voting. While I wish we had one election day in which people had to vote in person absent very specific circumstances, that’s not where we are. As Salena Zito argues concerning the new way of voting early and by mail, “Republicans need to step up and get their voters to do the same — otherwise, they will find themselves on the end of big elections going forward.”

There is really no need to despair. These are important things to figure out, but if we get going now, many of them can be fixed or at least improved by the time the next big election comes around in 2024. And though we didn’t win big, we were not shellacked. As noted, it’s likely that Republicans will have the House. That will put the brakes on the insanity that can be passed on to Joe Biden to sign between his ice cream cones and naps.

And though the final results were not what we would have hoped, Republicans likely had 5-6 million more votes total than did Democrats in House races. As Joel Kotkin argues, their “mild victory” this time likely “means that the Democrats will be slower to address their weaknesses, and may be forced to accept the unpopular Joe Biden as their leader in 2024.” Given Joe Biden’s response to a press conference question this week about what he will do differently over the next two years given the majority of Americans saying we’re on the wrong track—“Nothing, because they’re just finding out what we’re doing”—Kotkin looks to be correct.

Some conservatives have lamented that it doesn’t really matter because so much of our population seems to be ideologically committed to craziness. “So much,” Stephen Kruiser wrote at PJ Media on the morning after election day, “for the Red Wave, freedom, and hopes that the United States of America would continue to exist past next Arbor Day…We’re done here, kids.” To be fair, Kruiser closed his column by saying Americans still have a “fighting chance,” but I have many friends who don’t end their comments with such hope. They simply assert that our march to the left is inexorable. That the Republic is over. That the laptop class will forever hide their eyes from the consequences that their votes cause. That the Millennials and Gen-Z voters who came out in such large numbers for the Democrats this time are locked into their leftism and, in Kruiser’s words, are “socialist lemmings” who will make sure we make it over the cliff’s edge. That our base will never grow. That we are doomed.

Let’s concede that things aren’t guaranteed to work out just because we’re Americans. But Americans should also not concede that they are guaranteed to fail either.

While many parents and denizens of the blue states in extreme dysfunction have discovered what Joe Biden and the Democrats were doing by feeling its effects, there is nevertheless a portion of the laptop class that has managed to avoid the most serious problems caused by Biden’s policies and thus thinks them no big deal. But two more years of the same will blow through that insulation and expose the fact that the grip of left-wing ideology on their hearts and minds is a lot less tight when the social prestige for being “progressive” ceases to outweigh the misery caused by their regressive policies.

The same goes for the younger generations. As a Gen Xer, I have long thought my own age group was permanently lost in a haze of grunge rock and leftist politics, but now Gen X is as conservative as the 65-plus category. There is a great deal of work to do to see that more Millennials and Gen Z attain sanity and rediscover the foundational goods of religion, marriage, patriotism, and work. But we cannot write them off either. We might discover that, as quickly as Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is being scrapped, so quickly will that supermajority of under-thirty Democratic voters shrink.

And as for the base that will never grow, the exit polls on voting showed that although Democrats retained majorities for many of their traditional blocs, Republicans gained about 4% more black voters, 10% more Hispanic voters, and 17% more Asian voters (“significant ground”) since 2018. Republicans have made progress this time on these and other groups, if not as much as was hoped. That demographic shifts mean a permanent Democratic majority looks more and more dubious. Especially given the fact that efforts to get many of these groups only got going in earnest in the last couple of election cycles. 

Republicans can be disappointed in our results. What they cannot do is give up as lost what is definitely not lost. There are no permanently lost causes in politics because there are no causes that are permanently won. While we may have presumed too much this time, we must not despair. Instead, let us get back to work, acting soberly, diligently, and with hope. 

David P. Deavel teaches at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and is a Senior Contributor at The Imaginative Conservative.


We hope you've enjoyed this article. While you're here, we have a small favor to ask...

Support AMAC Action. Our 501 (C)(4) advances initiatives on Capitol Hill, in the state legislatures, and at the local level to protect American values, free speech, the exercise of religion, equality of opportunity, sanctity of life, and the rule of law.

Donate Now

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter
and Download the AMAC News App

Sign Up Today Download

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter!


Subscribe
Notify of
92 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Lynn
2 months ago

The Republican leadership of the Senate, namely Mitch McConnell, has always been a RINO. He sabotages the agenda that the Tea Party and more recently, that got Trump, and DeSantis and others elected. He didn’t fund races for the Senate, the House and Governorships of those who would challenge his weak kneed leadership or were supported by Trump. Those that support him in the Senate also are problematic.

deb
2 months ago

Can’t believe you didn’t think the vote would turn out this way If you researched with Frankspeech.com you would be able to see the evidence of bad machines, It will never turn red unless something is done with the voting system. I can’t believe there isn’t just ONE way to vote in ALL states this day an age.

sharon
2 months ago
Reply to  deb

Agree. Mail in voting needs to be eliminated, with exceptions for those physically disabled or militarily deployed. It’s obviously not working and is too ripe for fraud and delayed results.

Ed Nussbeutel
2 months ago

Amazing to read so many comments that continue to support vote fraud, Trump won election, supporting election deniers, etc. Simply put– say goodbye to Trump nicely, develop a uniform policy position on abortion, and either go a new direction or continue to lose elections.

Russ
2 months ago

You certainly aren’t including Michigan in your statement. Democrat governor, attorney general and secretary of state re-elected and props 2 and 3 legalizing abortion and a guarantee that we will never have another fair election in Michigan. Make no mistake, this is one party rule forever here now. Democrats even seized control of the legislature here.

rifleman
2 months ago
Reply to  Russ

The Democrats also retained control of the Michigan Supreme Court. They did so, in part, because of the conflict of interest involved in ruling on the Benson election manual by the Democrat controlled Supreme Court of Michigan.
Democrats appear to have no shame. Lying, cheating and fraud seem to be fully justified in their minds.
Regarding prop 3, not only did it legalize abortion up to and including at-birth. It also eliminated parental consent from health care for minors. All of the children in Michigan are now wards of the state. And as such will be forced to receive the clot shot which will sterilize many of them and kill some through swollen hearts.

jocko
2 months ago

ALL liberals ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION ONLY ONE SURE AND PERMANENT WAY TO STOP them AND ITS NOT THRU ELELCTIONS…………………

Randall L. Beatty
2 months ago

This is a lesson for the Republicans lets see what happens with the House they take things to lightly if they win the House actions speak louder then words if they make a difference for voters they will come out ahead if they do nothing they will never be trusted again.

anna hubert
2 months ago

All that is needed is enforcement of existing pre Obama laws making sure every county runs clean election

rifleman
2 months ago
Reply to  anna hubert

Not possible with Democrats in control of SoS of each state.

Casey C Matt
2 months ago

No lost causes? Seriously? If you haven’t noticed the mandated “narrative” has removed Trump from any hope for the RNC nod in 2024……and if the mans ego forces him to run on a third party ticket……we will experience a nation destroying new Woodrow Wilson….perhaps a total retard like Fetterman, Wilson was worse?
The narrative is now mandatory to follow. Resist and………well, say hello to Kanye.
Trump is gone and with him the MAGA movement.
No lost causes………idiotic notion.

gina
2 months ago
Reply to  Casey C Matt

casey c matt: bull crap. Trump and MAGA / ULTRA MAGA haven’t gone anywhere. Stop listening to main stream media

johnh
2 months ago

Kari Lake is not helping the Republican cause by bashing Arizona elections today on FOX news with Watters. Before election, she said she would not accept results & Trump loves people like that. The good news if she loses election, she cannot refuse to leave office as has never been elected to this office. My opinion, election deniers hurt Republicans in mid-term elections.

gina
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Everyone should speak out against STOLEN elections. Kare said she would accept the results if it was a fair and legal election. It’s criminal to decide not to count 600k+ ballots. we are living in a pre cuba situation and it’s shameful the number of people who won’t realize it until we are all starving in the streets.

johnh
2 months ago

Looking at exit polls, I think the Republicans missed the importance of abortion & gun control to voters and especially ones under 40-years old. Inflation was the number one for Republicans in most races.

AlamoAl
2 months ago

Let’s avoid a circular firing squad, but there must be accountability for actions: ie. Sen Graham’s bill on abortion which had zero chance of success because Biden would never sign it and it lost the Republicans ability to cite State actions on the issue. Trumps selection of Dr. Oz over a Pennsylvania candidate. The RNC for not following an aggressive legal battle in each state to protect the election fraud. If people want to vote absentee, require ballot to be returned one week before the election. Ban ballot harvesting, no mail in ballots. No electronic voting. Paper ballots. Another issue on accountability. Ignore polls and demand policy positions by candidates.

Honey
2 months ago
Reply to  AlamoAl

It’s funny so many pundits are saying we should be having early voting in red states and paper ballots and ballot harvesting. Instead of using the Court to determine if there was voter fraud. Our side is suggesting we use the Left’s tactics.

Daphne Krueger
2 months ago
Reply to  Honey

I wish others would have witnessed, on election night, 2000. Joe Biden appeared before a camera and said, “we are where we want to be!” This was after it appeared all the votes were counted and Donald Trump was ahead by the thousands. He was called away to his right and it seemed he wasn’t supposed to say that. He knew of the fraud that was being accomplished by the “2000 mules.” How different it would have been if Donald Trump was re-elected.

Daphne Krueger
2 months ago
Reply to  Daphne Krueger

Sorry, I mean the election of 2020!

Del
2 months ago

I do not understand why we cannot change the mail-in voting by making some strong rules. After all, the mail-in excuse was the Covid pandemic which is now over There is no reason for mailing in ballots OR collecting them from others to deposit as in ballot harvesting now. Mail-ins and ballot harvesting are open as wide as the Grand Canyon to fraud and cheating and it seems one party has that down to a science. 1. Mail-in ballots must be restricted to a defined time-line such as 2 weeks before Election Day — NOT longer and be received by Election Day. 2, NO ballot harvesting unless a family member brings a ballot in sealed envelope to the drop box because the relative is infirm or too sick to appear in person. 3. Voting I.D. is a definite requirement…no I.D., no vote. A vote requires a responsible person and if one cannot know enough to get a voting ID., I’d guess that person isn’t smart enough to vote. Why must Republicans accept and go along with the dictates of the Democrat Party? Why, now that Covid isn’t the issue, do we still abide by pandemic rules? (Answer: because they favor Democrats)…SO we need to revise the rules for an even playing field, or at least as even as we can make it. No apologies. Grow a backbone Republican leaders. Time to fight, not just respond.

Nilda
2 months ago
Reply to  Del

The reason to conserve mail-in is the strong desire to cheat bc the Democrats cannot win fairly!

robb g
2 months ago

No more money from me until we ditch Mitch……we send them money and then the RNC fails to support the conservative republicans (poor Kari) because they want to punish the Trump republicans for us daring to step out of line. The RNC is led by a RINO republicans who fight over the money we send them for their wages. Ditch Mitch before I ever send another dime to the RNC…….Are you looking at this chat board RNC—-probably not you don’t wanna know what true conservatives have to say…….just send us money right?. Well no more- ditch Mitch.

Honey
2 months ago
Reply to  robb g

No one should give one cent to the GOP. They withheld money from good candidates because they considered them too extreme. We should give money to conservatives only or to the funds for the candidates we like. Never give one cent ever again to the GOP. They are not our allies.

Rik
2 months ago

At the very least, we NEED a complete purge of ALL RINO Leadership from the Republican Party. Otherwise, I hold out no hope of the Republican Party Leadership to LEAD, CLEANSE or PURGE ALL NON-CONSERVATIVES from Leadership positions. I still think we form a COMPLETELY CONSERVATIVE PARTY void of Rinos who will then show their true colors by supporting the Communist Democrats. Which they basically do now anyway! I believe a new, independent Conservative Party will attract the Libertarians and more independents to more than replace the Rinos. If we’re going to lose I would rather it not be from within from Rinos!

Owen
2 months ago

With the gains reported by the republicans, then how come all the close races seem to go liberal? Every recount shows even more democrat voters, so they keep recounting until they win. Statistically very unlikely that the majority go blue. Reports of TRUCK loads of ballots arriving AFTER the close of counting, that are then counted. Very iffy, our elections have been rigged for many decades, and just got more blatent.

Morbious
2 months ago

Some good comments below. I agree with mr deavels friends. The socialist lemmings are going to dominate for quite some time. There’s no way around that. That alone is a death sentence because the country will be venezuela long before they mature as gen x did. I can think of only one good thing to say: consider moving to florida or another red state thats not turning blue like michigan. Other than that its good night irene.

Rabi
2 months ago

Stop election fraud.

Michael Stertz
2 months ago

Can’t sugarcoat this election. It was a huge loss for the country.

Jerry
2 months ago

We have forgotten God and unless the nation as a whole does some deep repenting we are going away just like some great nations in the past. See Leviticus 26.

DDS
2 months ago

Let’s play “What If? What if the Democratic plan was to destroy the border, long before it did? What if Pelosi’s plan to keep Republicans off of committees had been in the plan all along for years? What if there has been hanky panky with relations with China for years? What if a single apparently clueless individual has been in Congress for years? What if that person is now the president and who put him there? What if big corporations and this individual have been involved in foreign profit for years? What if all progress in race relations is manipulated by one party into a line of thought deliberately intended to discredit any progress? What if the politicians have been taking acting lessons instead of civic lessons? What if American Educational Institutions have been teaching mind control for years? What if our entertainment industries have been on a predisposed level of indoctrinating rather than entertaining for years? What if a lot of what used to be illegal was excused to the point of encouragement of all matter of crime? What if all bail for all offenders is reduced or non-existent? What if jumping into unsound fiscal policies have been thoughtlessly bullied through? What if there are more liars in our political system than those who tell the truth? What if parents have been intended for replacement by governmental controls? What if a member of Congress, can blatantly lie and get away with it? How many have and for how long? What if every elitist within government chambers had to take a lie detector test? How many would pass? And, where did this all begin? It began with greed, lies, and theatrical power plays has it not?

Owen
2 months ago
Reply to  DDS

We, the people, need accountability from our representatives.

Pcar
2 months ago
Reply to  DDS

What is our young were convinced that America was not a special place to be? What if they were convinced and all of our history was wed to racism and anything to do with capitalism was bad? What if they were allowed here down the statues of all of our patriotic forbearers ? What if all of the progress that we have made in so many areas since the civil war was disparaged? And, what if they do not have the background with the education to understand what was being done to them in order to aggrandize the upper class?

I’m sorry, as an old man, to say I believe that the last nail has been pounded in the coffin of the Great American experience and I regret that I was here to see it.

gina
2 months ago
Reply to  DDS

DDS: that’s not what if – that’s truth.

92
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x