We are outnumbered. Just as the Democrats silenced us in 2012, the Republicans are silencing us in 2014. What are we to do? Elect the same Bushites who disgraced conservatism in the 2000s? You all (Democrats and Republicans) simply won't listen to reason, but you'll listen to money. How do we stop the oppression? How do we conservatives get our voice back? How are we going to defeat the weasels that have corrupted the American government and the people?
Was the GOP just expected to hand you seats in Congress?
The problem with the whole "ideological purity over electability" mantra is that... well... you don't win elections.
There was an article posted here a week or two ago that claimed that the GOP had finally found a way to defeat the TEA Party... here's an excerpt:
PINEHURST, N.C.—On a rainy afternoon a month before North Carolina's May 6 Republican primary, state House Speaker and Senate hopeful Thom Tillis was at the Pinehurst Resort and golf course, where the U.S. Open will be held later this year. But the three-minute speech Tillis gave made him sound more like he was at the Masters, being measured for a green jacket.
At a lunch forum sponsored by the Moore (County) Republican Women, to which all of the GOP candidates were invited, Tillis was acting like a winner: He had the support of 22 state senators and 68 members of the General Assembly, he boasted; he'd just wrapped up a "great" fundraising quarter, bringing in $1.3 million over the previous three months. He saw no meaningful differences between himself and his seven opponents, except the one that mattered: "It comes down to experience and a path to beating Kay Hagan. Our goal is to beat Kay Hagan," Tillis said. "They know that we stand ready to beat them, and we're most likely the state that will deliver … a GOP majority!"
Then Tillis mentioned that a major endorsement had just come in. "Probably my proudest moment in public service happened this morning when I was driving up here," he said. "I just received the endorsement of the National Right to Life, and more than anybody else, more than any organization I can think of, I'm proud that they recognize the work that we've done to save the lives of the unborn.
On a couch in the resort's ornate reception area after the speeches, another candidate, Mark Harris, the senior pastor at Charlotte's First Baptist Church and president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, expressed disbelief. "When he said he had the endorsement of the National Right to Life—somebody needs to check into that," Harris said. "Because we all met with the National Right to Life. I know I met with them in October, and they indicated to me that they probably would not be endorsing in the primary."
But one of Harris's strategists, Mike Rusher, who had been standing beside him scrolling through screens on his smartphone, quickly confirmed that the endorsement was real. Harris turned red and paused for a few seconds before responding. "I guess it's just an indication of the National Republican Senatorial Committee's pressure," he said. As it turned out, it was worse than that. In the press release announcing the endorsement, National Right to Life President Carol Tobias said Tillis was the "only candidate with a proven record of leadership who can defeat pro-abortion Sen. Hagan this fall."
Electability was trumping ideological purity—just as the establishment had planned.
What a moronic sentence that last one is.
What is the goal of ANY candidate in ANY election if not to be elected?
If you don't run with the goal of being elected, why the Hell are you running?
What good is all that ideological purity of you can't put it into action by winning the election?
Candidates and their supporters who put the idea of ideological purity ahead of electability and lost their races should be happy.
They got the exact results they wanted.
They remain ideologically pure and unelected.