As the race shifts towards Obama, you’ll hear a lot of things from the right about how it’s not their fault, how it’s just that Romney is a shitty candidate or how Obama bribed a majority of voters with big gubmint surplus cheese or how history shows that Americans always vote for the black guy.
One thing I wasn’t expecting to hear — though it’s a pretty obvious angle in retrospect — is that conservatives are happy that they’re losing because who would want to govern this country the next four years. With a continuing recessions and a new onslaught of Caretersque national malaise, a Democratic victory will give Republicans a chance to regroup, hit reset, etch-a-sketch themselves into something more appealing, and reconnect with voters who have become disenchanted with the libruls.
Conservative Sean Trende makes that point here.
I can’t say that he’s wrong. Predictions are hard, especially about the future. But I can say: this is how losers talk. And here’s something bizarre: Stu Rothenberg wrote a column in 2008 about how bad it would be for Republicans if McCain won. Trende calls the piece “one of the more prescient things I’ve ever read on politics.” How can it be prescient when it’s speculation about the consequences of something that didn’t happen?
Trende finishes with the party-before-country nihilism that has come to define modern conservatism:
But if things don’t turn out for the best here, I sure wouldn’t want to be the one governing. Sometimes you really do win by losing.
Really? Although you think your ideas are better and that they’d ameliorate the coming crises, you’d rather the other side be there to take the blame, even if that means something terrible for the country you claim to love.
The conservative movement always comes first.