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GOP to Lose Big

Monday, 03 Nov 2008 04:29 PM

By John LeBoutillier

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This is going to be an ugly election for the GOP and for the conservative movement, which lost its way starting with the Bush family in 1999.

Frankly, we are going to lose big — in the White House, in the Senate, and in the House. Obama will earn more than 350 electoral votes, and he will win 54 percent of the popular vote.

Tuesday’s election will be a complete and total rebuke of our party and movement and especially of the Bush presidency.

John McCain has run a poor campaign and is a weak candidate. He does not inspire his audiences. His selection of Sarah Palin has backfired as she has become a major distraction for the GOP ticket.

We are also going to get wiped out for the second consecutive election (2006 being the first) in both the House and Senate.

Almost all of the big names, like Liddy Dole and Gordon Smith and maybe even Norm Coleman, are going down. So, too, will about 30 GOP congressional seats.

Ted Stevens will lose. Mitch McConnell and Saxby Chambliss will have to sweat it out on Tuesday night. Don’t be surprised if one of them loses.

Thus, the Bush legacy will be one of total failure on every level, not the least of which is the failure of the philosophical movement he took over in 2000. Just like his father before him, G.W. Bush has handed the keys to the White House over to the Democrats.

The Republican brand is severely damaged. There will be a disproportionate turnout with more Democrats voting and fewer Republicans as they can see the writing on the wall.

On Wednesday we begin the process of remaking the party into a smart, effective political party devoted to doing good, not to advancing one family’s political fortunes.

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