Reporting the ObviousThe Washington Post points out in a piece by Krissah Williams Thompson what any of us on the ground could have told you-young Republicans are a bit down about this election:
Still, many of the party's newbies are preparing for the worst. Matt Lewis, 33, is hoping a trouncing in November will force the old guard aside and give his generation a shot. He was one of the committed young conservatives who came to Washington during the Bush administration, eager to push the politics of limited government and compassionate conservatism. He worked for the Leadership Institute, which teaches youngsters about the principles of classic conservatives such as Edmund Burke and Frederic Bastiat, as well as William F. Buckley Jr. and Barry Goldwater. He now blogs full time at the conservative Web site Townhall.com.
He's happy with Bush's Supreme Court picks but disappointed by the administration's failure to curb the ballooning deficit and bloated government.
"When everything is working well there is no hunger for new ideas," Lewis says. "Maybe there is room for some new up-and-coming thinkers to get a shot now. There is a bright side to seeing the Republican Party go through travail."
Not everyone who could still be considered a "Young Republican"-including myself-thinks John McCain is going to lose. The problem is that McCain does not encourage confidence that the GOP is sticking to the core ideas that got the Republicans elected to Congress in 1994 and to the White House in 2000. Young conservatives are right to be disappointed in the Bush Administration. Matt Lewis is right when he says the President's Supreme Court picks may be one of the few things he has done right. He hasn't kept the lid on federal spending, and the war has taken the punch from the domestic agenda that a lot of us had hoped to see implemented.
Further, I still hold that a John McCain victory does not equate to good news for Republicans nationally. Expect to see the GOP lose seats in the House, and quite possibly the Senate, even with McCain winning the election.