- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Not enough to make a difference. Too much voter apathy this year.
Like most midterms, this was the time for cranky old white Americans to show that they don't like that uppity Obama or the taste of their Metamucil.
Lady Gaga/Nikki Minaj 2016
Because you know we're all about our base, 'bout our base, no rebels...
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
Yes badly. Being that obvious as the reason congress did nothing was bad and a gift that will continue to give.
if donkeys have any sense at all they boot Reid Pelisi Wasserman Cummings Murray immediatly and sprint back to the center.
but donkeys dont have much sense.
The majority of Dems defeated where the moderate Dems in purple and red states that typically took positions against the national party.What I find interesting is how often Republican voters and conservatives are told we cannot win unless we put up our more "moderate" or less conservative candidates, yet, even after last night, nobody really calls on Democrats to be more "moderate" or less liberal. That's not any kind of criticism, it's just something I noticed.
Also...there's really no need to tell Dems to moderate. When it comes to social issues most Dem positions are very popular. When it comes to economic issues...how far different are Dems than Republicans?
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
I may be a contrarian here - it is "debate" politics after all - but I think Harry Reid helped Democrats rather than hurt them. There's no question that most if not all on the right have a particularly visceral almost hatred of Harry Reid and his leadership style, but I think Democrats in the Senate fully supported Reid's handling of the legislative agenda and his refusal to bring matters to the floor for a vote unless a strong majority of Democrat Senators supported them. Reid protected both Democrat Senators and the President by not forcing them to go on record as opposed to the President or opposed to initiatives their constituents may have supported. He provided them cover and took all the heat himself.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
Spinelessness from within and racism from without hurt the Democrats.
Before you criticize someone you should walk a mile in their shoes, that way when you do criticize them you'll be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.