Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The lesson from the NY23 race is NOT that the GOP should nominate only conservatives but rather that there is no need for the GOP to nominate a liberal Republican in districts where there is sufficient support for a conservative nominee to win. But where there isn't enough support, nominating conservative candidates is political suicide.

And the lesson from the Virginia Governor's race is NOT that it is enough to nominate conservative candidates but rather that conservative candidates need to keep from scaring off the moderate voters whose votes are needed. McDonnell is definitely a conservative but he campaigned on issues that not only didn't scare off moderate voters but actually resonated with them.