Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

11/04/2009 (8:18 am)


Christie won in New Jersey, and McDonnell won in Virginia. Hoffman lost to Democrat Bob Owens in the New York 23rd. But it was a conclusive win for conservatism.

Allahpundit at Hot Air has what I consider a sound analysis of the exit polling produced by CBS. As predicted, the questions asked by the networks aimed at answering the question “Was this a referendum on Obama?” with “No.” It’s the wrong question, because lots of people who answer these polls separate the individual from his policies. Few people said Obama was the main factor, and those who did, split evenly over whether he was a positive or negative factor; but nearly everybody said the economy was their largest concern, and — note this carefully — said so in the same concentration as they said it a year ago. The point is, they voted for Obama a year ago because they were concerned about the economy, and they voted against Democrats this time because they were concerned about the economy. Conclusion? Last year they thought the Democrats might improve the economy, this year they don’t.

Hoffman’s narrow loss in New York is a disappointment, but again, Allahpundit has the correct take: the point was made to Republican leadership that the base will only accept fiscal conservatives, and that point was driven home whether Hoffman won or lost. And since Hoffman was not running as a Republican, a further point was made: at least at this juncture in American history, people are unlikely to vote for 3rd parties. The correct strategy for conservatives has to be to retake the Republican party and shift it to the right. As Rush Limbaugh has been pointing out for a while, Republican identification is down, but conservative identification is at an all-time high — over 40% of the nation, with liberal identification near 20%. The losses in 2006 and 2008 were largely the result of the Republican party regulars driving away their base. To win again, they need to earn it back.

Christie’s win in New Jersey is the most important to me. Chris Christie appears to be an honest man with intentions of cleaning up the state. The most important shift that can take place in America is the shift toward righteousness. Ending corruption in politics must take priority. I do not imagine his task will be easy, and I wonder if it’s even possible, but my prayers will go with him.

Jonah Goldberg adds this little gem about the New Jersey race:

Wow. That’s just amazing. I don’t see how the White House can spin it away. Remember, their explanation for Deeds’s loss was that Deeds didn’t embrace Obama enough. Corzine hugged Obama and made the election about Obama in a state Obama carried by 15 points and where Dems outnumber Republicans by a wide margin. And he lost.

That’s gotta hurt.

The first battle has been fought. Now let’s mobilize and tell our representatives that we will not accept the destruction of the economy or the republic in a vain attempt to violate the laws of human nature and make government health care work better than the best medical care system the world has ever seen. ObamaCare will be a disaster on every level. Let’s kill it.

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November 4, 2009 @ 11:04 am #

>>ObamaCare will be a disaster on every level. Let’s kill it.>>

Reid’s statement that it “might not get passed this year” indicate it’s on life support. We definitely need to pull the plug – this one had no sign of brain activity from the beginning.

November 4, 2009 @ 2:38 pm #

Report from the field:

Here in the Asheville, NC area, we’re holding a *third* Tea Party protest at the office of Rep. Heath Shuler tomorrow at noon. It will probably be a fairly small group (100, maybe), because a bunch of the local Tea Partiers are driving to DC to take Michelle Bachmann up on her offer.

November 4, 2009 @ 8:00 pm #

Both of these are interesting if you want more background info on the NY 23 election…



November 4, 2009 @ 10:23 pm #

Another field report:
We will be having a Tea Party at the office of Rep. Bruce Braley in Dubuque, IA tomorrow at noon. We are way too far away from DC to get there, but we will be there in spirit, and we want them to understand just how firmly opposed we are to this health care fiasco.

November 5, 2009 @ 7:59 am #

I hate to admit it, but James Lewis is probably right when he predicts that the Democrats are completely willing to commit electoral suicide to further the cause of socialism: Will the Left Try a Kamikaze Rush?.

Everything we know about these people suggests that they are single-minded fanatics with basically only one game plan, which is to consolidate as much power as possible as quickly as possible. Everything flows from that. In Europe, the socialists have insulated themselves from elections. That’s how they can do outrageous things time and time again and still stay in power.

Right now the analogy to the Japanese at the end of WWII is strikingly apt. The Japanese Empire was at dead end. Emperor-worship was still the public face of Japan; everybody had to pretend they agreed, even if they privately thought it mad. Japanese defeat was therefore unthinkable, and rather than let the Emperor be defeated, thousands of young men were trained and indoctrinated into the logic of banzai charges and suicide dive-bombing on U.S. Navy ships. Those kamikazes were last-ditch warriors, but they took a bloody toll.

The Blue Dogs don’t even have to suicide electorally. All they have to do is vote for Mob-O-Care as soon as possible, knowing they will be defeated, but also knowing that the Machine always takes care of its own…

No doubt Obama has already promised lifetime jobs of their choice to the Blue Dogs in exchange for their yes vote.

November 5, 2009 @ 8:34 am #

It is telling that you folks are playing at partisan politics, just as the Democrats are, while global climate change is settling the fates of your children and their children. Another failed species, unable to adapt to the reality around us. It’s a pity, since the information was and is available to anyone scientifically literate and not willing to lie to themselves.

November 5, 2009 @ 9:02 am #

Mr. Hopkins:

Enfironmentalism as Religion

November 5, 2009 @ 9:03 am #

Mr. Hopkins,

If you’ll take the time to click on the “Climate Science” link in the topical index near the bottom of the sidebar on this blog, you’ll find a series of articles detailing significant findings in the field of climate science in the 21st century. You will discover that all of them indicate that human beings are not significantly changing the climate. There now exists not a single, observable phenomenon in nature that indicates that humans are changing the climate. I’m not the one who lacks scientific literacy, nor am I the one lying to himself.

November 5, 2009 @ 11:16 am #

Other starting points:



November 5, 2009 @ 12:53 pm #

Mr. Hopkins, two questions:

1. Why are we calling it “global climate change” now, whatever happened to “global warming”? Could it be because there hasn’t been any global warming for the past decade?

2. And why are you trying to switch the subject from election night results and health care, to global warming?

November 5, 2009 @ 6:46 pm #

“…while global climate change is settling the fates of your children and their children.”

I am much more worried about the government settling the fates of my children and grandchildren than “global climate change”, one is much more real than the other. Thank you very much.

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