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Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 00:31:50 -0600

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2006: Chance of a Lifetime...for the GOP!

Sat, 21 Oct 2006 00:31:50 -0600

Salivating at the prospects of a massive Republican defeat and a Democratic takeover, the liberal mainstream media have inflated voter expectations to near record levels. Whereas in 1994 the MSM worked to tamp down the prospects of a Republican Revolution, today they are spitting out GOP gloom and doom scenarios at warp speed. And for once, every conservative and Republican should thank them for doing so. By setting the Democratic bar for success so high, the conservative movement has been given the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to demoralize and dismiss much of the Democratic Party's liberal agenda.

What if, despite four years of negative coverage of the War on Terror (remember Eason Jordan, Peter Arnett, the Newsweek "Koran flushing massacre, doctored "news" photos...?), despite the recent "stink bomb" scandals, despite Jack Abramoff, and despite the embarrassingly over hyped "Plamegate" debacle, what if liberals still were unable to upend the conservative Republican march toward generational electoral dominance?

What then?

If that happens, if conservatives and Republicans come to their senses and consider the consequences of what a Speaker Nancy Pelosi would mean for America, both domestically and with the foreign threats that abound, conservatives and Republicans will realize that the 2006 midterm congressional elections represent a golden opportunity, a chance to land a devastating ideological blow to the leftist agenda that dominates today's Democratic Party. As Sun Tzu put it: "To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles in not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill."

Still, even if Democrats take back control of the Congress it will not be because of a popular mandate. Voters will not be endorsing liberalism qua liberalism. No, they will be demonstrating their levels of so-called Bush fatigue; voters will be showing that they are frustrated that history has bequeathed unto us the daunting and tiresome task of doing the heavy lifting of history that a post-9-11 world now demands--and will continue to demand--for years to come. Moreover, if conservatives stay home it will be out of frustration that Republicans haven't been conservative enough. But illegal immigration, excessive spending, and the successful prosecution of the War on Terror will only grow worse if limousine liberals like Nancy "I'm pro-union but don't allow my own employees to unionize" Pelosi glide into the Speaker's office.

Conservatives must see 2006 for what it truly is: the opportunity of a decade. By beating the MSM and Democrat created odds and hype, conservatives can further heap coals on liberal heads. But more than that, they can pierce leftist Democrats' most valuable political asset: hope for their cause.