NOTE: Cross-posted @ Right Angle Blog.
Though kind words were shared by all, it does not appear to me that the Ohio GOP "Unity" shindig was a success. There are clearly two Republican Parties: the conservatives and the "liberal establishment" -- shall the twain meet? I believe in the Ohio motto, but let me say here that I am none too enthused about the possibilities.
I am hard on liberal Republicans from time to time -- deservedly so -- but I understand the need to compromise for the greater good. I voted for Bob Taft the first time that he was elected and I have voted for Mike DeWine and George Voinovich from time to time. What has it gotten me? Bob Tax ran as a conservative and turned into "Sideshow Bob Taft", earning the worst approval ratings that I have personally ever heard of.
As for Mike DeWine, he will not get my vote -- even if that means that Sherrod Brown wins. Sometimes, Americans need to see just how bad Democrat leadership really is. A fact: If Bill Clinton was not president and the American people did not get the full Monty, liberal three-step (taxes, spending and immoral social policy), the Republicans would have not taken over both houses of Congress.
A note to my "moderate" Republican brethren: it was not you that lead that insurrection. It was conservatives who offered the people conservative ideas and conservative values who took over the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. It was taxes, gays and abortion that lost Democrats control of the body that even I was beginning to believe belonged to them by divine right.
I have done all of the bending that I am going to do. Now is the time for the so-called "moderates" to do a little compromising in return.
You talk a good "big tent" game -- can you walk the walk?