Well, look. Victory in the midterms was bound to cool some peopleâ€™s ardor. Conservatives were irate over unchecked Democratic governance, and now thereâ€™s a check in the form of a Republican House, so the temperature had to come down. The difficulty here isnâ€™t convincing grassroots righties that they need to get their message out 24/7, itâ€™s figuring out how to raise that temperature again to the point where people are out in the streets, knocking on doors, volunteering, organizing, donating, and so forth. Candidly, I donâ€™t know how you do it; the best fuel is anger, but having just won a major legislative victory in Wisconsin â€” imperiled though it may be â€” some conservatives just may not be feeling the rage right now, no matter how vicious or intimidating the left tries to be.
Instapundit has more on the subject here. One has to have a grasp on exactly what politics is, and how you win elections. Only a small minority on either side of the political spectrum, however loosely we define it in this country, have put any serious thought into, or have bothered to educate themselves, on the issue of the day. They are motivated by far more superficial considerations than most people who follow what’s going on would be comfortable with. The process of winning elections involves bending these pliable voters over to your side. Neither side is capable of winning elections without bringing these voters along with them.
It’s an open question in my mind as to whether a republic can survive with universal suffrage. Limiting suffrage in this country, however, has been littered with racism and sexism. We’re not keen on the idea, and given the history understandably so. But we’ve developed a notion that voting is a civic duty, rather than something you should only do if you’ve bothered to learn something about the issues. I think being able to vote should be harder, to weed out those who are only casually interested. That could be as simple as requiring people to go to the county seat in order to register.
This obviously is not a workable idea, because we’ve all been raised to revere democratic governance. I’m just not convinced you can have lasting and stable republican government with a voting population that doesn’t want to pay taxes or cut spending. Something has to give.