Five Memes Destroyed by Scott Brown's Victory
4. Conservatives want to drive moderates from the party.
One of the most tiresome complaints from RINOs over the last few years has been that conservatives want to drive them from the party. Why, if the Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint crowd has their way, there won't be a moderate left in the party!
One problem: that's simply not true. While conservatives have shown little enthusiasm for moderate candidates in strongly red states and districts, we've said again and again that we're willing to support moderate candidates if they're the best the GOP can do in a particular area. In Scott Brown's case, while he's well to the right-of-center, he's not a firebreathing conservative. To the contrary, he's pro-choice, he supported RomneyCare, and he has previously supported a cap-and-trade system. Yet Brown received fierce support from conservatives all across the country.
5. Barack Obama's charisma can carry the Democrats through to victory.
Yes, Barack Obama beat John McCain handily, gives a good speech, and has been treated by the mainstream media like he can do no wrong. Of course, George W. Bush's approval rating was also in the high eighties at one point. How did that work out for the Republican Party by the end of his second term?
In Obama's case, his approval rating has already dropped like a rock and he has been unable to provide much of a boost in key races around the country. Obama has now personally campaigned for Creigh Deeds, Jon Corzine, and Martha Coakley -- all of whom went down to defeat. Barack Obama may have the support of Democrats across the country, but he doesn't seem to be able to get them to turn out anymore and his appeal to independents seems to have evaporated. So any hopes that Barack Obama's "star power" could shield the Democrats from heavy losses in 2010 have now faded.