Conservatives live by and vote by their principles. You can't expect them to vote *for* someone who doesn't adhere to those principles. If it could be done, there would not BE Conservatives. This outcome was PERFECTLY predictable (and was predicted as such).
Again, look to your product. It was inferior, to be kind, and you got spanked for it. Opposition, the clarion call, does *not* form around "well, our guy is better than the other guy..."
If you want the Christians, don't feed them a homo-lovin' abortionist (and a Mormon to boot). Feed them a hard-core Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage Evangelical. You've got to be an idiot to do otherwise.
If you want the Military vote, You don't feed them a guy whose whole family has never served. You feed them a guy out of the Military and foreign policy arena - A guy who KNOWS why they put their ass on the line, and will honor that as sacred.
If you want the civil-libertarians, don't feed them a 'living document' liberal who embraces illegal aliens. Feed them a Constitutional Constructionist and federalist who believes in the Rule of Law.
If you want Fiscal Conservatives, don't feed them a Keynesian Tax and Spender. Feed them an Austrian Capitalist.
If you want the south, don't feed them a Yankee. And if you want the West, don't feed them a Yankee.
I know that ain't what you are used to hearing - Rove want's everyone to get along and pimp his ride. Conservatives come at a price, and they always have.
First of all, I have no claim, love for, nor affiiation with either Rove or any of the traitorous GOP-e.
>>If you want...<<
Second of all, “if you want” an absolute America-hating, baby-killing, Communist Kenyan packer...don’t show up on election day.
It would have been plausible, and a lot shorter trip back to reality from a “RINO-win” than from where we’re at today. You tell me if it’s even possible.
The “conservatives” have done nothing to combat wholesale RAT ownership of: the “news media” the entertainment industry, bureaucratic government, “education” etc, and the packer take-over of practically everything...except the Boy Scouts.
You look at the real unemployment numbers, the people in poverty and on food stamps, the destruction of health insurance carriers and the provider network...the best healthcare system in the world, the destruction of the military, the energy sector, the auto industry, manufacturing in general, the lending industry, the housing industry, the destruction of our currency and confiscation of our wealth...and tell me the same thing would have happened...
...UNDER ANY given RINO!
It looks to me like these low information “conservatives” should have put their country first, their personal preferences second, and completely forgotten about the political brand.
The reason I put “conservatives” in quotes, is because they have succeeded in “conserving” NOTHING!