Thursday, October 15, 2009

Careful About Presuming

In the wake of the strong Republican victory in the special election in Tennessee House District 62, the GOP must guard against the presumption of victory:

The greatest danger Republicans will likely encounter in the wake of such a major off-year victory is the specter of triumphalism. The GOP must not get into the trap that they are "destined" to achieve victory, and that they somehow don't have to work for it. That attitude will lead to electoral defeat (see British General Election of 1992, Sheffield Rally), and could ruin years of attempts to achieve the absolute majority which Republicans only seemingly achieved this past Tuesday night.

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