What we should have learned, I don’t know that we did. What we should have learned is that we have principles and ideals and we should stick to them.
Ronald Reagan knew it, and we gave him victories. The 1994 Republican House knew that, and we gave them victories.
Ever since then, our leaders have been trying to reach across the isles. And we get trounced, every time.
George Bush Sr, “No New Taxes.” Until he reached across the isle, and we voted him out of office.
Republicans spent money in 2004-2006 like, well, like they were Democrats. And we voted them out of office.
What was McCain except a big reach across the isle? Part of the Gang of 14 that chose to work with Democrats instead of pushing for the judicial appointees which we will never get. Not in my lifetime. The Democrats will fill each and every one of those posts with liberal activist judges that should have been filled by conservative strict constructionists. Reaching across the isle hurt the conservative cause. Wait till Obama appoints 4 new judges in his first term to the Supreme Court, and then see if reaching across the isle helped us in any way.
McCain promised to take hatchet to the government spending and cut our earmarks, but when it came time for the $700 billion bailout of our economy, not only did he vote for it, but he also voted for an additional $150 billion in pork. That’s when he lost the election for sure.
Lesson learned. Stick to your principles.