Childers Win Bad News for Republicans

Well, the GOP botched another one. Republican Greg Davis lost a formerly safe GOP seat to Democrat Travis Childers in yesterday’s special election in Mississippi. At 54-46, it wasn’t even close.

After losing a similar seat earlier this month in Louisiana, the GOP scrambled for a victory in this one, with an assortment of its best-known liberals campaigning for Mr. Davis, including Sen. John McCain, by telephone, and Gov. Mike Huckabee, in person.

Mr. Childers, a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat, on the other hand, courted conservatives. The strategy closely matched the Party’s 2006 campaign efforts, which ran a number of candidates from the more conservative end of the Democrat spectrum.

Naturally, the GOP seems to have learned the wrong lesson from this latest defeat.

“Voters remain pessimistic about the direction of the country and the Republican Party in general,” Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told the New York Times. “Republicans must undertake bold efforts to define a forward-looking agenda that offers the kind of positive change voters are looking for.”

No, Republicans must return to the conservative principles that have brought victory to the Party and prosperity to the country time and time again.

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