Coryn to Conservatives: Accept Moderates

In Republican, Senate on December 24, 2009 at 5:15 am

From The Hill:

Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), suggested that conservatives need to have a more realistic sense of which races are winnable and with which candidates.

“Folks on the right, and frankly I’m one of them in terms of voting record, have to yield to the world as it is and not necessarily how they wish it would be,” Cornyn told Reuters for a story about centrist Rep. Mike Castle’s (R) bid for Senate next year in Delaware.

Conservatives to Coryn: No.

Conservatives weren’t particularly excited about ‘moderate’ McCain’s presidential bid until he added the decidedly not moderate Palin. Even then, the excitement wasn’t for McCain himself but for the hope that his choice indicated that he wasn’t as mealy-mouthed as we thought and that maybe, just maybe she’d rub off on him a little.

A moderate Republican will be viewed as a half-assed by both Republicans and Democrats and will not be elected in a run against either. The fact that Coryn is still espousing a proven loser of a strategy shows that there is still cleanup to do on the right side of the aisle. “Undecided” voters are not looking for a candidate from the right or the left who is simultaneously neither and both. Undecided voters are looking for a reason to decide. If we can’t give them a reason, someone else will.

UPDATE: Judging by the comments to Allahpundit‘s post over at Hot Air, I’m not alone in my thinking.

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