Voters didn’t so much choose liberalism or the Democratic Party as they did Barack Obama, writes Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal. And that’s potentially good news for the GOP in the 2010 midterm elections, Rove says: “In politics, good years follow bad years. Republicans and Democrats have experienced both during the past 15 years.” If the GOP plays it right, it could be ripe for a comeback.
Obama’s seemingly huge victory was actually just a matter of a couple extra points in the popular vote, Rove contends. Moreover, 4.1 million of the religious voters key to George W. Bush’s victories were missing. “Something was missing from the campaign to draw out the more religiously observant.” If Republicans can offer a compelling alternative, writes Rove, they’ll be back in the game.