The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

But before we get to that, we have some important biz to deal with..because it’s our pal Tom White of VA Right’s birthday!

Actually, the big day was yesterday, but we’re dealing in WoW time here, so I thought we’d celebrate it today. I don’t think I’m revealing anything top secret when I say that Tom’s just one of those people I instinctively liked right from the jump. As an illustrious member of our crew, aside from his stellar blogging talent (he was chosen a top political blogger by the AFP) I’ve never seen him fail to help out someone in the Council with a techie problem, or to give me an honest and useful answer whenever I’ve asked his advice…and isn’t that one definition of a good friend ?

To go with this cake (carrot with chocolate pralines), in honor of the Old Dominion  I picked up a nice couple of bottles of Williamsburg Winery’s 2010  Vintage Reserve Chardonay to share around. As I’m told they  like to say in VA, Virginia makes wine, Napa makes auto parts…or something like that.

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Happy birthday bro…many, many more.

OK, on to business.

There has been a great deal of handwringing and circular fire squading going on among Republicans and conservatives because of President Obama’s re-election.

Chicken Little has definitely been working overtime .

 

In this week’s winner,Joshuapundit’s  Taking DC By Strategy – A Battle Plan   I had a few things to say about that mentality..and more importantly, what’s really needed to turn things around. And trust me, this sort of stuff is exactly what you’re not hearing from the GOP establishment or much of the consultant class. Here’s a slice: 

Looking at some of the wailing and moaning coming from various Republican pundits and politicians, you would think the GOP’s days are over.

Well, maybe they should be if this is how they respond to what happened Tuesday.But as someone who is a conservative (that is, a classic liberal in the true sense of the word) rather than a doctrinaire party man, I’m far more interested in victory than appeasement.

That victory is eminently doable, but it will take some real soul searching and an answer to the age old questions: what are you prepared to do? How bad do you want it? Because it’s time to let the pretty, convenient lies die if you do want it.

I’ve already gone over a lot of the tactical reasons Mitt Romney lost, and some of the lessons learned from that I’ll expand on here.

The first thing we need to do is tune out the media static and realize that this was a far closer election than we’re being told.

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