Savor This

 

Conservatives been kicked in the teeth for the past eight years.

In 2006, our unbiased press sold a trumped-up “culture of corruption” to a public already weary of Iraq and a flawed Katrina recovery. The Democrats rode that discontent to seize the House and Senate. The morally vacuous duo Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi spared no time teaching America what corruption really looked like, not that the press noticed.

In 2008, the electorate bet on an untested naif who created a personality cult that would have made Caligula blush. His detractors have been accused of evil, stupidity, racism, sexism and [fill-in-the-blank]-ism ever since. President Blank Slate wasted no time in fundamentally transforming America by forwarding a trillion stimulus dollars to cronies and forcing through Obamacare.

2010 seemed like a good year for conservatives. A Tea Party-fueled wave snagged the gavel from Nancy Pelosi, which would assuredly force Obama to moderate his ideology, a la Bill Clinton. The disciple of Ayers and Alinsky had other ideas, using Reid to stop nearly every piece of legislation from reaching the President’s desk. The White House doubled-down on demonizing their fellow Americans every chance they got.

Of course 2012 was miserable, giving an undeserved second term to Obama and several black eyes to the Republican brand. But since then Obama has been snakebitten, offering nothing but scandal, petulance and oversized tin ears. While he golfed and vacationed, shaky septuagenarians Reid and Pelosi became the Botoxed face of the party, hollering about arcane conspiracies while the public wanted solutions to their vanishing jobs and empty wallets.

Then came 2014. Competent, accomplished, articulate Republicans flummoxed inch-deep Democrats. Panicked liberals alienated voters while smiling conservatives built bridges. Even in-the-tank reporters laughed at the Democrat comedy of errors while their base lost faith. Early into election night, a wave was apparent. Republicans added seats in the House. They took back the Senate. They won a historic number of governors’ mansions and statehouses. Finally.

So when the left lectures us on compromise, laugh. When reporters insist this is no mandate, change the channel. And when nice Republicans say it’s impolite to gloat, ignore them.

I declare this National Republican Gloating Week. We kicked the Democrats’ collective posterior, beat them at their own game, seized territory in deep-blue states, outperformed the MSM polls (often by double digits), killed them in GOTV efforts, in technology, in social media, in mail-in ballots and in the voting booth.

Next week, we can roll up our sleeves and get to work. But today is for savoring.

There are 29 comments.

  1. Stad Thatcher

    Why is Chris Matthews even considered relevant?

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    • November 5, 2014, at 5:55 PM PDT
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  2. Hammer, The Member

    I laugh every time I see that picture. I think you should have it framed in your office.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:03 PM PDT
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  3. Jules PA Member

    Ain’t no tingle in Chris Matthews’ leg last night, or tonight…

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:04 PM PDT
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  4. Jimmy Carter Member

    I don’t remember where I read it, but back then with Barry, Reid, and Pelosi at the helm They were referred to as the “Axis of Taxes.” I still chuckle.

    I declare this National Republican Gloating Week.

    Did You steal that idea?

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:04 PM PDT
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  5. Roberto, Crusty Old Timer Member

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:So when the left lectures us on compromise, laugh.

    Now there is a sentiment worth getting behind, Dear Republicans: No One Elected You to Work with Democrats.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:08 PM PDT
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  6. Roberto, Crusty Old Timer Member

    Stad:Why is Chris Matthews even considered relevant?

    He’s funny. In the laughing at you way, not the laughing with you that is.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:09 PM PDT
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  7. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Jimmy Carter: Did You steal that idea?

    Holy crap, Neutral Observer beat me to it. Everyone read her post! https://ricochet.com/official-gloating-day/

    Let a Thousand Gloats Bloom!

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:12 PM PDT
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  8. Profile Photo Member

    I would like to be savoring. But the low information voters in Connecticut re-elected the odious Dan Malloy. Because we are only the 46th worst state in the country to do business in, and we won’t rest until we’re number 50! Four more years!

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:13 PM PDT
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  9. Hammer, The Member

    Julia PA:Ain’t no tingle in Chris Matthews’ leg last night, or tonight…

    I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a bit of a tinkle, though.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:13 PM PDT
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  10. Gloating Member

    Hey Carol I feel your pain. It was the inner city vote that came out for Malloy…I’m thoroughly disgusted with Connecticut. However I am gloating about the results for the rest of the country. The photo of little Chrissy Matthews is precious.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:19 PM PDT
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  11. Instugator Thatcher

    Amen – gloat away!

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:24 PM PDT
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  12. Jules PA Member

    Ryan M:

    Julia PA:Ain’t no tingle in Chris Matthews’ leg last night, or tonight…

    I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a bit of a tinkle, though.

    seriously, i had thought, and almost wrote that exactly. :)

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:24 PM PDT
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  13. Tuck Inactive

    Sorry, can’t gloat. Too busy imagining how the Repubs will sell us out.

    Conservatives didn’t win this, Republicans did.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:37 PM PDT
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  14. Profile Photo Member

    Jon, enjoyed your tweets during a strategy session at work today. That golfing after a serious press conference was quite something.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:41 PM PDT
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  15. Totus Porcus Inactive

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Jimmy Carter: Did You steal that idea?

    Holy crap, Neutral Observer beat me to it. Everyone read her post! https://ricochet.com/official-gloating-day/

    Let a Thousand Gloats Bloom!

    Would that be a herd of gloats?

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:45 PM PDT
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  16. kmtanner Inactive

    Why did you write anything, that picture is enough. Lol. Is there a t-shirt coming?

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:54 PM PDT
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  17. Carey J. Inactive

    Julia PA:Ain’t no tingle in Chris Matthews’ leg last night, or tonight…

    With apologies to B.B. King

    The tingle is gone.
    The tingle is gone away.
    The tingle is gone.
    The tingle is gone away.
    You done me wrong.
    You’re gonna be sorry, someday.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 6:57 PM PDT
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  18. Hammer, The Member

    Tuck:Sorry, can’t gloat. Too busy imagining how the Repubs will sell us out.

    Conservatives didn’t win this, Republicans did.

    no, the point is that we get one day to not be realists about how all government is pretty much bad, even when it’s our guys running the show. To quote myself (from this week’s FC episode): “until we vote in a bunch of guys who promptly dismantle the bureaucracy and castrate themselves, any conservative victory will be a bittersweet one.”

    But today is a day for gloating!

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    • November 5, 2014, at 7:28 PM PDT
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  19. Jimmy Carter Member

    Ryan M: “until we vote in a bunch of guys who promptly dismantle the bureaucracy and castrate themselves

    Sorry, but You got that backwards.

    It should be,”until We vote in a bunch of guys Who promptly grabbed Their balls from Their Wives’ purse to dismantle the bureaucracy….”

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    • November 5, 2014, at 7:37 PM PDT
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  20. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Chief
    Jon Gabriel, Ed. Post author

    Time for a Photoshop.

    waltermatthews

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    • November 5, 2014, at 8:22 PM PDT
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  21. Carey J. Inactive

    Totus Porcus:

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.:

    Jimmy Carter: Did You steal that idea?

    Holy crap, Neutral Observer beat me to it. Everyone read her post! https://ricochet.com/official-gloating-day/

    Let a Thousand Gloats Bloom!

    Would that be a herd of gloats?

    I’ve heard of gloats.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 8:29 PM PDT
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  22. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive

    Tuck:Sorry, can’t gloat. Too busy imagining how the Repubs will sell us out.

    Conservatives didn’t win this, Republicans did.

    I’m with you. I’m suppressing my curmudgeonliness. We’ll see soon enough.

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    • November 5, 2014, at 9:18 PM PDT
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  23. liberal jim Inactive

    I thought that Republicans won, why should conservatives be rejoicing? All it means is that there will be a new set of reasons for increasing spending and the size of government. In my view there is nothing to celebrate.

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    • November 6, 2014, at 3:25 AM PDT
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  24. Manny Member

    Ah, I couldn’t care much about Matthews. What I’m really savoring is the inept response Obama gave yesterday! Now that was priceless.

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    • November 6, 2014, at 5:01 AM PDT
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  25. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Chris glowered at us as if he never could, or would, forgive the injury of that night

    Paraphrased from Charles Dickens’ description of Alfred in Bleak House.

    Or as Oscar Wilde might have said “It takes a heart of stone not to laugh”

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    • November 6, 2014, at 5:19 AM PDT
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  26. Songwriter Member

    While Jon is one of my very favorite Contributors here at Ricochet, I feel I must speak up on behalf of one our best members, Tabula Rasa, who might be offended by Jon calling Obama “President Blank Slate.” TR is what a true blank slate is all about: open to new ideas, ready to learn.

    Obama is the exact opposite of that. He is the Emporer With No Clothes – always assured of his own rightness in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

    (Not that Tabula can’t defend himself. But he’s a classy guy and would likely let it slide.)

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    • November 6, 2014, at 6:01 AM PDT
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  27. gts109 Member

    I love this photo because Matthews has been intolerable since 2003. But he actually made an insightful point criticizing Obama yesterday. In his election response speech, Obama said he would seek common ground with Congressional Republicans. Matthews responded that Obama doesn’t get it: There is no common ground (or almost none). You have to compromise, horse trade; that’s the whole point of politics. They give up something that they don’t like and you do the same. Obama hasn’t done that, and it seems as if he never will.

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    • November 6, 2014, at 6:02 AM PDT
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  28. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    chrismatthewsdisappointed

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    • November 6, 2014, at 7:13 AM PDT
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  29. Mate De Inactive

    Carol:I would like to be savoring. But the low information voters in Connecticut re-elected the odious Dan Malloy. Because we are only the 46th worst state in the country to do business in, and we won’t rest until we’re number 50! Four more years!

    Oh I can’t talk about Connecticut, I’m so disgusted with my state. The Republican party in this state is useless. Even our crazy neighbors to the North wised up. But I am happy with the country. Maybe I’ll try to convince my husband to move to Texas, or South Carolina before this place blows up.

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    • November 6, 2014, at 8:43 AM PDT
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